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Ray J. Dandridge - Age 28

Gray's Nephew

Booking Mug Shot

Ricky J. Gray - Age 28

Dandridge's Uncle

Booking Mug Shot



Murder Suspects Held Separately

Under Top Security

From Style Weekly

by Brandon Walters
January 18, 2006

Murder suspects Ricky Javon Gray and his nephew Ray Joseph Dandridge have long been partners in crime. Now they’re separated by jails. The two men, both 28, are charged with conspiring to kill the Harvey family, Jan. 1, and the Tucker-Baskerville family, found murdered Jan. 6. They’re also suspects in an array of violent crimes from Pennsylvania to Virginia. So it’s little surprise authorities are taking extra precautions to assure they’re under lock and key and constant eyes. Since being extradited from Philadelphia to Richmond and appearing in Richmond General District Court at the Manchester Courthouse Jan. 10, Dandridge was held without bond at Chesterfield County’s jail until Jan. 12 when he was transferred to Riverside Regional Jail in Hopewell.

According to Riverside’s watch commander, Lt. William Sanders, Dandridge is being held on the following charges: one count of grand larceny, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit grand larceny and five counts of murder in the first degree. Sanders declined to say whether Dandridge is being held in isolation at the facility.

Meanwhile, Gray has been held without bond and in isolation at the Richmond City Jail, which has had problems with faulty cell-door locks.

“[Gray] is separated from the general population,” says Tara Dunlop, spokeswoman for the Richmond City Jail. “He’s on an isolation tier and under constant observation.”

Before taking Gray into custody, Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody met with his deputies to discuss Gray’s security at the jail, Dunlop says. Gray is allowed out of his cell twice a week to shower and to use the phone, she says. When he does, Dunlop says: “He’s accompanied by two sheriff’s deputies and a supervisor.”

But is Gray being held in a section of the facility known to have problems with broken locks? “The locks are definitely not a concern,” says Dunlop, adding that the jail has received a number of calls from citizens inquiring about the locks since Gray’s arrival.

Furor over the faulty locks erupted after a Memorial Day incident in which inmate Shamar Lamont Young wandered out of his cell and into that of inmate Greg G. Robinson and beat him to death. Jail reports later indicated inmates had routinely broken out of their cells and roamed the jail.

The heightened security of Gray is a matter of standard procedure for an inmate accused of serious crimes, Dunlop says, and not the result of his high-profile status.

Gray is not the only high-profile inmate housed at the jail. It also holds John Townsend Mustin, 19, who pleaded guilty Dec. 19 to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of retired Army Maj. Gen. John C. Bard. In June, after admittedly taking the hallucinogenic drug LSD, Mustin stabbed his mother and himself and killed Bard outside the Mustin’s Near West End home. Mustin will be sentenced to prison March 2.

Unless directly indicted by a grand jury, a preliminary hearing in Richmond for Gray and Dandridge is scheduled for Feb. 15.

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