There are two death penalty trials underway in North Carolina right now.
In Wake County, prosecutors are seeking capital punishment for Joshua Stepp, who is accused in the 2009 death of his stepdaughter. Although Stepp has acknowledged injuring the child, he asserts that his actions did not amount to first-degree murder.
In Moore County, jurors are hearing evidence in the trial of Robert Stewart. Stewart has admitted to a 2009 shooting that left eight people dead. However, Stewart asserts that his mental state at the time of the killings was such that he should not be convicted of first-degree murder.