Virginia executes convicted family killer Ricky Gray

Updated 9:19 AM ET, Thu January 19, 2017

(CNN)Convicted killer Ricky Gray, who confessed to killing a family of four in 2006, was executed Wednesday in Virginia after the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution where his lawyers argued a lethal drug cocktail violated his constitutional rights.

Gray, 39, was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. ET on Wednesday, said Lisa Kinney, communications director for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

When asked whether he had any last words, Gray said, "Nope."

Ahead of Gray's execution, his lawyers appealed to the US Supreme Court for a stay of the execution -- criticizing the use of a controversial drug combination -- calling it an "experimental and unconstitutional method of execution."

The state of Virginia used a lethal injection composed of a three-drug cocktail of midazolam, potassium chloride and the paralytic drug, rocuronium bromide. Gray's attorneys argued that midazolam had already failed to render prisoners unconscious during executions in Alabama, Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued a statement saying he would not intervene.

"Mr. Gray was convicted in a fair and impartial trial, and a jury sentenced him to death in accordance with Virginia law," the governor said.

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