Selma girl’s killer to be executed next week in Atmore

Published 4:08 pm Friday, February 1, 2019

Dominique Ray is set to be put to death at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, the first execution in Alabama this year.

Ray was sent to prison in 1999 after being convicted of murdering Tiffany Harville, a 15-year-old Selma girl, four years earlier.

According to court documents, Harville was at home alone when Ray and Marcus D. Owden arrived with the intention of having sex with her. Documents state that the men planned to ask her but, if she declined, “they would take it.”

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The two drove her out to the Sardis community near Highway 41 and raped her while she “pleaded for help.”

For more than two weeks, Harville’s mother and members of the community searched for the girl. Ray even contacted Harville’s mother to offer his condolences and assistance in searching for the teen.

“[T]he Defendant offered to distribute fliers and at one time offered reward money to locate Tiffany,” the court document states. “On two other occasions before Tiffany’s body was discovered, the Defendant called Mrs. Coleman [Harville’s mother] on the phone to make a general inquiry as to Mrs. Coleman’s condition.”

Harville’s “skeletal remains” were eventually found by a man “operating a tractor and bushhog just off County Road 62 in Dallas County, Alabama.”

The investigation into the murder went on for months, with a suspect even being arrested and held without bond, before Owden came forward and provided police with details of the crime.

During court hearings, Owden testified against Ray, stating that Ray had cut the girl’s throat after raping her and the pair had robbed her of a few dollars she had in her purse.

Ray eventually admitted to his part in the murder and rape. Owden was separately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1994 double-murder of brothers Ernest and Reinhard Mabins in Dallas County.

Ray has appealed his conviction multiple times, the most recent of which is in reference to the refusal of prison officials to allow a Muslim imam to be present in the death chamber during Ray’s execution.

All of his appeals have been denied.