Man once accused of murdering parents, headed for third trial

James Anthony Gray
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Published: Mar. 4, 2016 at 5:40 PM EST
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James Anthony Gray stood in all to familiar spot this afternoon, standing next to his attorney while facing a Scott County Judge.

"What I've asked is once we know for a fact that there is not going to be a motion to reconsider, we plan to come back here on the 24th and I'm going to be asking for a trial date," explains Gray's attorney Rodney Barnes.

This after the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed the 2013 convictions of Gray in the murder of his parents, deeming that a confession used during his trial was illegally obtained by Sheriff Detectives.

The state's high court also ruled Gray's defense should have been allowed to argue another person committed the murders.

"We won't have to deal with that false confession," says Barnes. "We'll also be able to present with the jury the alternative perpetrator, the person we believe actually committed the murder."

This will be Gray's third trial. His first trial ended in a mistrial in 2012. He was then tried again in February of 2013 when a jury convicted him of gunning down his parents, James and Vivian Gray, in their

Sadieville home in 2007.

Gray was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murders. A crime his attorney still believes the evidence will show another man committed.

"We're going to be able to present that this time," says Barnes.

Barnes tells WKYT that his client is looking forward to a third trial. The date of the trial is likely to be set during Gray's next hearing on March 24th.