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4th Circuit denies stay of execution for Gray

(AP) A federal appeals court has denied a stay of execution for a convicted killed scheduled to be put to death next week in Virginia.

The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond issued a one-sentence order on Friday denying a request from Ricky Gray’s lawyers to stay his execution, which is set for Wednesday.

Gray’s lawyers filed the motion Thursday after a federal judge refused to halt the execution. The lawyers want to challenge Virginia’s lethal injection methods.

Lisa Fried, one of Gray’s attorneys, said in a statement that his defense team will continue to challenge the planned execution.

Gray was convicted of killing Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their 9-year-old and 4-year-old daughters in 2006.

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