Bush approves first US military execution since 1961

July 29th, 2008 - 5:19 pm ICT by IANS  

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Washington, July 29 (DPA) President George W. Bush has approved what would be the first execution by the US military since 1961, though court appeals are likely to continue delaying the 20-year-old case indefinitely. A Bush spokeswoman issued a statement late Monday saying that Bush had given the go ahead for a sentence of capital punishment to be carried out against Private Ronald Gray, who was convicted by a military court in 1988 the rapes and murders of two women, one a fellow soldier and the other a cab driver, and the attempted murder of a second servicewoman.

In a state civilian court, he was convicted of two other murders and further rapes during the same 1986-87 crime spree.

It remains unclear what method of execution would be used by the military, which has at least five other convicts on death row.
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