Jury selection to begin Monday in Scott man's murder trial

gkocher1@herald-leader.comFebruary 17, 2013 

James Anthony Gray is on trial for two counts of murder.

GREG KOCHER | STAFF — Greg Kocher | Staff

Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the second trial of James Anthony Gray, the Scott County man charged in the 2007 deaths of his parents.

Gray's first trial ended in a mistrial on Feb. 1, 2012, after a jury deadlocked and could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Gray, 43, is charged with two counts of murder and tampering with physical evidence in the shooting deaths of his parents, James E. and Vivian Gray. The couple were found dead in their northern Scott County home.

In the first trial, the jury deliberated and reviewed previously seen recorded testimony for more than 10 hours. They were instructed to find Gray guilty or not guilty of murder or first-degree manslaughter.

Gray repeatedly told the jury in that trial that he did not commit the crime.

If convicted, Gray will not face the death penalty because prosecutors took that off the table with the blessing of the Gray family.

On the morning of April 26, 2007, the bodies of the elder Grays were found in their home on Cincinnati Pike near Sadieville.

James Gray, 63, had been shot twice in the head, and Vivian Gray, 55, had been shot once in the head. Investigators said there did not appear to have been a break-in, and numerous firearms and other valuables had not been removed.

In addition to the murder charges, Anthony Gray is charged with tampering with physical evidence because he allegedly threw the .45-caliber handgun used in the shootings from a car, according to an indictment.

The second trial is scheduled to run through Feb. 28. Scott Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs will preside.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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