28 July 2008


President Bush on Monday approved the execution of an Army private, the first time in over a half-century that a president has affirmed a death sentence for a member of the US military.

Private Gray was convicted of committing brutal crimes, including two murders, an attempted murder and three rapes. Gray has been on death row at Ft. Leavenworth since April 1988.

The military also has asked the President to authorize the execution of Dwight J. Loving, who has been at Ft. Leavenworth, since 1989 after being convicted of killing two taxicab drivers while he was an Army private at Fort Hood.