Lawyers for inmate seek restraining order to delay execution

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Posted: Dec 16, 2016 7:24 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a condemned Virginia inmate have filed an emergency motion for a restraining order to stay the execution, which is scheduled for next month.

Court documents show that attorneys for Ricky Gray filed motions for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction Friday. Attorneys are asking the U.S. District Court in Richmond to stay the execution due to the risk that he will suffer a painful death.

Gray was convicted of killing a family of four, including two young girls, in Richmond in 2006. His execution set for Jan. 18.

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Earlier this week, Gray's lawyers asked the court to block his execution, in which the state will use drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy.

A spokesman for the Virginia attorney general did not immediately respond to a request for comment.