In Pasquotank County, Samuel Jackson has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and accepted a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Jackson was accused of a 2006 double homicide. The plea was entered the same day Jackson’s capital trial was set to begin.
In Chatham County, Bobby Lee Person has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and accepted a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Person was charged in the 2007 stabbing death of his mother. From the beginning, the family (of both victim and offender) have insisted that they did not want Person sentenced to death.
When Eve Carson was murdered last March, it shook the UNC-Chapel Hill community to the core. Still, no one was more devastated that the young woman’s parents. Now both State and Federal law enforcement appear poised to seek the death penalty against one of Eve’s alleged killers, despite her and her family’s opposition to capital punishment. “They are very, very grateful to law enforcement and to the state and to the federal prosecutors for the way they’ve gone about their work,” said an attorney for the Carson family. “They would never want to say anything to discourage them from aggressively doing their job. But they do not believe in the death penalty, and neither did Eve.”
[Click here for The Progressive Pulse's thoughts on how seeking the death penalty in federal court is an attempt to ensure death for the defendant, despite the county's historical opposition to the death penalty. No one has been executed for a crime committed in Orange County since 1948.]