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Richmond Police Link Slayings

Two men are charged in the killings of seven people. The victims include musician Bryan Harvey and his family.

January 08, 2006|From Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Two men were captured Saturday and charged in the killings of seven people from two Richmond families, slayings that police hadn't publicly tied together until now.

Rock musician Bryan Harvey and his family were among those slain.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe said Ray Joseph Dandridge and Ricky Gavon Gray, both 28, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and auto theft after they were arrested driving a Cadillac that belonged to one of the victims.

The men were arrested in Philadelphia and have ties to the area, but Monroe would not give further details. He said neither was from Richmond.

The bodies of Harvey, 49; his wife, Kathryn, 39; and their two young daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, were found in their basement New Year's Day, bound with tape and their throats cut.

The bodies of Percyell Tucker, 55; Mary Baskerville, 47; and her daughter, Ashley Baskerville, 21, were found Friday bound with duct tape in their ransacked Richmond home.

The investigation into Friday's triple homicide led police to Dandridge and Gray, Monroe said. He said investigators also found evidence linking them to the four killings in the Harveys' home, but he did not elaborate.

Bryan Harvey had been a fixture on the local rock music scene for decades -- most notably as guitarist and singer for the critically acclaimed duo House of Freaks, which released five albums on three labels from 1987 to 1995. Harvey and drummer Johnny Hott lived in Los Angeles in the mid-'80s, where they became established nationally.

It was Hott who discovered the crime scene when he went to the Harvey home for a New Year's Day party.

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