With his signature from the Oval Office, President Bush said yes to the
military's request to execute Ronald A. Gray, the White House confirmed. Gray
had had been convicted in connection with a spree of four murders and eight
rapes in the Fayetteville, N.C., area over eight months in the late 1980s while
stationed at Fort Bragg.President Eisenhower was the last president
to approve a military execution. In 1957, he approved the execution of John
Bennett, an Army private convicted of raping and attempting to kill an
11-year-old Austrian girl. He was hanged in 1961.