Kentucky man found guilty of killing parents in third trial

Posted at 12:26 PM, August 25, 2021 and last updated 3:52 PM, December 12, 2022

By Michael Berk

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WLEX) — A Scott County jury found James Anthony Gray guilty on two counts of murder for the deaths of his parents, James and Vivian Gray, back in 2007.

A friend of the family discovered the pair dead inside their Sadieville home.

This is the third time Gray has gone to trial. Anthony Gray’s first trial ended with a mistrial and his conviction in the second trial was overturned because of how police got his confession.

This still image from video shows James Gray (R) facing forward while seated with his defense team. (WLEX)

The commonwealth’s attorney told the jury that James and Vivian Gray weren’t just killed, but they “were executed by the same gun.” The attorney said there was no forced entry, meaning it was likely done by someone who had access, like their son, Anthony.

They quoted Anthony when mentioning he had a terrible relationship with his parents. They also said when Anthony was cut out of the will, that’s when he decided to act. They say if Anthony had a real alibi, then he’d have been eliminated early as a suspect.

The defense told the jury that the prosecution had the wrong guy, presenting a mountain of evidence to create reasonable doubt. Gray’s defense said the murders were committed by another man, who they say bought stolen guns from Gray.

This story was originally published August 24, 2021, by WLEX in Lexington, an E.W. Scripps Company.