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Rare execution of GI scheduled

November 21, 2008|Times Wire Services

A former Army cook convicted of multiple rapes and murders has been scheduled for execution next month.

It would be the U.S. military's first execution in nearly 50 years.

The military said former North Carolina soldier Ronald A. Gray is to be executed Dec. 10 at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind.

Gray, 43, was arrested in connection with four slayings and eight rapes in the area of Fayetteville, N.C., between April 1986 and January 1987, while he was stationed at Ft. Bragg.

He was convicted of murdering two women.

President Bush approved Gray's execution in July.

A month later, Army Secretary Pete Geren set the execution date and ordered that Gray be put to death by injection. The date was publicly released Thursday.

Gray has two legal options remaining: file a petition with a federal appellate court to stay the execution, or request that the president reconsider.

Gray is a prisoner at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth.

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