Kansas Judge Stays Soldier's Execution

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A U.S. District Court judge in Kansas has issued a stay in the scheduled execution of an Army soldier convicted of murders and rapes in the 1980s.

Judge Richard Rogers issued the order Nov. 26 in the case of Ronald A. Gray, who was scheduled to die Dec. 10 at a federal prison complex in Indiana.

Attorneys for the Justice Department filed documents Tuesday asking Rogers to reconsider his stay order.

Gray, 43, is held at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. He was convicted in connection with a spree of four murders and eight rapes in the Fayetteville, N.C., area between April 1986 and January 1987 while he was stationed at Fort Bragg.

It would have been the first military execution in the United States since 1961.

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