It has been an exceptional year for life in North Carolina. No one was executed, and only one new person was added to death row (the lowest number since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1977). This year, as many capital defendants were acquitted as were sentenced to death. More death row inmates were exonerated than executed. North Carolina should be proud.
Nationally, executions began again following the Supreme Court’s decision in Baze v. Rees, but lethal injection remains stalled in North Carolina due to litigation by inmates subject to the procedure as well as the doctors forced to participate in it.
Capital Trial Statistics
Death -1 (James Ray Little)
Military capital trial acquittals – 1 (Alberto Martinez)
Executions – 0
Death row inmates getting new sentencing hearings – 1 (William Gray)
Incompetent for execution – 1 (Guy LeGrande)
If you would like to be part of making 2009 another Year of Life, please consider making a donation to NC-based groups like the Fair Trial Initiative.