Monday, August 14, 2006

Harvey grants announced; murder trial to start today

As reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, in "Grants honor Harveys" by Will Jones, the first grants to honor the memory of the slain Harvey family have been announced:

“One grant will help fund arts programs to spur expression and creativity among disadvantaged youths. Another will help build songs from words and phrases of children mourning the loss of a loved one. Yet another will get youngsters charged up about the theatrical arts. “Bryan and Kathryn Harvey would approve. At least, their family and friends think so. The Harvey Family Memorial Endowment has approved its first three grants to honor the creativity, generosity and kindness of the South Richmond couple found slain with their two young daughters in their home Jan. 1...”

Update: Defendant No.1 has plead "not guilty" according to AP: "Man pleads innocent in Va. slayings of 4."

Meanwhile, yesterday the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Paige Akin Mudd wrote about the first trial of the two men charged with murdering the Harvey family.

“...Beginning [Monday], prosecutors will present evidence they hope will convict [defendant No. 1] of four gruesome New Year's Day murders in a South Richmond basement. [Defendant No. 1], 28, goes on trial this week in the slayings of Bryan Harvey, 49; his wife, Kathryn, 39; and daughters Stella, 9, and Ruby, 4; in their home on 31st Street in Woodland Heights.

“He faces five counts of capital murder -- one for each violation of the capital-murder statute. The trial in Richmond Circuit Court, which is expected to last through the week and possibly into next, will hinge on a statement [defendant No. 1] made to a detective after his arrest in Philadelphia on Jan. 7. Because of a strict gag order imposed by Circuit Judge Beverly W. Snukals, attorneys and investigators have revealed none of the details of that statement.”

Here’s a second RT-D link to a sidebar story on the trial.

Note: SLANTblog will post links to the trial coverage, but I will not write the names of the two defendants who have been charged with the murders. In this space they will continue to be called defendant No. 1, or defendant No. 2. I want no part of making their names well-known. For plenty of background on this story click here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In Cold Blood, The New Years Day Massacre is a compelling true story about Ricky Javon Gray and Ray Dandridge’s vicious attack on the Richmond VA community. In 1959 in a small town in Holcomb Kansas, it was the Clutter family whose brutal deaths caused a national uproar and accounts of the murder was later chronicled in Truman Capote’s book, “In Cold Blood.” It was one of America’s most haunting crimes of that time. Fast forward to 2006 and the appalling murders of Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their daughters Stella and Ruby who’s untimely deaths shook up the city of Richmond.
Brace yourselves readers for the version that never made the news. Lilly Ann Pauley, the woman who made the 911 call that would later put an end to Ricky Gray and Ray Dandridge’s vicious murder spree delivers a gripping account of the 2006 slaying of the Harvey family. In this real life thriller, she will bring readers face to face with pure evil and expose for the first time new and shocking information that law enforcement failed to disclose during the course of their investigation. Her story will shake readers out of their seats! Read and see how poorly she was treated by law enforcement after assisting them in breaking one of the biggest murder cases in decades…. After years of silence, she finally speaks out!