Two Men Charged In Slayings of 7 in Richmond Homes

In this image from video, police escort Ricky Gray, who was captured Saturday in Philadelphia with fellow suspect Ray J. Dandridge. Gray grew up in Arlington.
In this image from video, police escort Ricky Gray, who was captured Saturday in Philadelphia with fellow suspect Ray J. Dandridge. Gray grew up in Arlington. (Kyw-tv Via Associated Press)
By Jay Mathews
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 9, 2006

Two 28-year-old men have been charged with the killings of seven people in Richmond. The victims, including two children, were members of two Richmond families who were slain this month in their homes, police said.

Ricky Gray, who grew up in Arlington, and Ray J. Dandridge, whose address was listed by police as unknown, remained in custody yesterday in Philadelphia, where officers aided by a SWAT team captured them Saturday at a house. Gray and Dandridge could be extradited to Virginia as early as today, authorities said.

Richmond Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe said police found members of one of the families -- Percyell Tucker, 55, his wife, Mary Baskerville, 47, and her daughter Ashley Baskerville, 21 -- dead Friday night at their home in the 3400 block of Broad Rock Road. The house had been ransacked, and several items were taken, including the family's car, a police report said.

Police said they quickly tied those killings to the New Year's Day slayings of Bryan Harvey, 49, his wife, Kathryn, 39, and their daughters, Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4, in their home in the 800 block of West 31st Street.

All seven victims had been bound, police said. They said the Harveys' throats were cut and their home set on fire. Police have not said how Tucker and the Baskervilles were killed.

Gray and Dandridge were each charged with conspiracy to murder and auto theft in Friday's slayings and with conspiracy to murder in the Jan. 1 killings. Police said they believe robbery was the motive in Friday's crime and also may have been the motive in the earlier case.

The men also were being investigated for possible involvement in other robberies, including a home invasion Tuesday in Chesterfield County, a Richmond suburb, Richmond police spokeswoman Cynthia Price said.

Dandridge was released in November from the James River Correctional Center in Richmond after serving a 10-year term for robbery and use of a firearm.

Gray lived in Washington, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, for part of last year and worked as a telemarketer for a police association before moving back to Arlington shortly before Christmas, according to a relative who declined to give her name.

Gray grew up with his mother and grandmother in a two-story, red-brick house on South Monroe Street in Arlington, neighbors said. Several remembered him as a child who enjoyed playing football on the street and got along well with everyone. They said he went by the nickname "Cooley."

His grandmother still lives in the house and was attending a church service in the same block as her home yesterday afternoon, neighbors said. A family friend who spoke to her said she did not want to comment on her grandson's arrest.

The Harveys were well-known in Richmond for their music and business activities. Bryan Harvey played guitar and sang in several bands, including the House of Freaks, which released five albums in the 1980s and 1990s. Kathryn Harvey owned a toy and novelty store in Carytown, a fashionable commercial area near downtown Richmond, and was the half sister of actor Steven Culp, who played Rex Van De Kamp on the television series "Desperate Housewives."

Staff writer Sudarsan Raghavan and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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