RICHMOND, Va. – A man charged in the killing of a musician's family and suspected in a series of other crimes pleaded not guilty Monday as jury selection got under way in his trial.
Ricky Jovan Gray entered the not guilty pleas to multiple counts of capital murder in the New Year's Day killings of Bryan Harvey, 49; his wife, Kathryn Harvey, 39; and their daughters Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4. The Harveys were discovered in the basement of their burning home, bound in duct tape and beaten, with their throats cut.
Gray and his nephew Ray Joseph Dandridge, both 29, are suspected in a string of bloody crimes that began in November, including the killing of another family just five days after the Harveys were killed.
The men, both of Arlington, were captured Jan. 7 at Dandridge's father's home in Philadelphia.
Only Gray has been charged in the Harvey case. Dandridge is charged in the Jan. 6 killings of Percyell Tucker, 55; his wife, Mary Baskerville-Tucker, 47; and her daughter, Ashley Baskerville, 21. Like the Harveys, the three were found bound in their home with their throats cut. Dandridge is scheduled for trial Sept. 18.
Prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for both men.
Police initially said nothing appeared to have been stolen from the Harvey home; later, they said robbery may have been the motive. The Baskerville-Tucker home had been ransacked.
Bryan Harvey was a guitarist and singer for the duo House of Freaks, which released five albums between 1987 and 1995. Kathryn Harvey was the co-owner of World of Mirth, a toy and novelty store in Richmond. She was the half sister of actor Steven Culp, whose roles have included Rex Van De Kamp on "Desperate Housewives."
Prosecutors said Monday that witnesses at the trial may include Culp. They also indicated during the jury selection process that the evidence could be graphic.
Gray is charged with five violations of Virginia's capital murder statute: killing more than one person in a three-year period, killing more than one person as part of the same act, killing someone in commission of a robbery or attempted robbery, and two counts of killing a child younger than 14.
Both Gray and Dandridge also have been charged in the slashing assault and robbery of an Arlington man on New Year's Eve and with a Jan. 3 home invasion robbery in Chesterfield County. Both are suspects in the Nov. 5 killing of Gray's 35-year-old wife, Treva, who was found asphyxiated near woods about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh.