Michael Gray Jr., charged with murder and child abuse, no longer in jail

Gray Jr. was charged after a child’s body was discovered on his Knox County property, court records show.
Gray Jr. was charged after a child’s body was discovered on his Knox County property, court records show.
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 9:12 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 5:07 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Michael Gray Jr., who was charged with felony murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect and abuse of a corpse in an ongoing case, is no longer in jail, Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott told WVLT News Tuesday.

Gray Jr. was charged after the body of an 8-year-old was discovered buried at his Knox County home in 2020. The case is closely tied with an investigation into Gray Jr.’s parents, who are accused of keeping children in their Roane County basement, feeding them only bread and water.

Gray Jr.’s parents were charged after a young boy was dropped off with no knowledge of where he was, according to court records. Roane County deputies reportedly took the child home to the Grays, where they discovered another child being confined to the basement and the body of a third buried in their yard.

That is what led Knox County officials to begin investigating Gray Jr., discovering the fourth child dead on his property, records said.

Sandford and Sons Bonding made Gray Jr.’s bond on June 16, McDermott said. His bond was set at $100,000. WVLT News spoke with a representative for the bonding company, who said Gray Jr. is responsible for a $10,000 fee.

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