Newtown man's trial delayed

Newtown man's trial delayed

DANVILLE – The murder trial of a Newtown man accused of shooting his wife has been pushed back until later this month.

The Vermilion County state's attorney's office asked Monday to continue the trial of Kenneth Gray, 35, of Newtown. The case was rescheduled for June 26.

Gray is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25 shooting death of his wife, 34-year-old Kimberly Gray.

The trial was scheduled to start on Monday. It's not the first time the trial has been rescheduled.

Earlier this year, defense attorney Carl Kagawa asked for and received a continuance on behalf of Gray.

Gray remains in the Vermilion County Jail without bond.

Earlier in the case, friends and family of the victim picketed in front of the Vermilion County Courthouse on Oct. 17, a few days after a hearing in which Kagawa asked to reduce Gray's bond.

Circuit Judge Michael Clary set Gray's bond at $1.5 million, but later revoked it after the state's attorney's office presented new evidence.

Gray is accused of killing his wife at their Newtown home.

According to evidence at Gray's preliminary hearing in October, Gray told police in a videotaped statement that he and his wife had separated, and on Sept. 25, Mrs. Gray returned to the house and they began to argue.

As Mrs. Gray was in the kitchen gathering some things, Gray went into the family room, got a handgun that he concealed behind his back, walked into the kitchen and shot Mrs. Gray.

Gray later surrendered to police without incident.

Mrs. Gray died of multiple gunshot wounds and was shot 15 times, according to the coroner's report.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Gray faces 20 years to life in prison.

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