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Numbers include the execution of Ernest McCarver, if carried out on Friday

Total Executions*
United States (38 states): 700
The South (14 states): 568
North Carolina: 17
*since 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court again allowed states to apply death sentences

N.C. Governors' Records
Mike Easley
Clemency granted: 0
Clemency denied: 1

Jim Hunt (1977-1985, 1993-2000)
Clemency granted: 2
Clemency denied: 14

Jim Martin (1985-1993)
Clemency granted: 1
Clemency denied: 2

McCarver's Crime
First-degree murder

Strongest Case for Clemency
With an IQ of 67, McCarver is borderline mentally retarded. The North Carolina General Assembly is considering proposed legislation to end the practice of executing retarded murderers, a fact noted by the Superior Court judge who ordered a stay of execution on Monday.

Method of Execution
Lethal injection or thiopental sodium and procuonium bromide (Pavulon), which induces sleep and then stops all muscle action, including breathing.

Time of Execution
Friday, March 2, 2 a.m.

Final Meal
Prisoners can choose a final meal, served about eight hours prior to the execution.

Executioners
"Appropriately trained" volunteers work anonymously behind a curtain. Three inject syringes into IV tubes. Only one contains the lethal solution. The volunteers do not know which one.

Witnesses
Up to 16 people can serve as execution witnesses, including official witnesses chosen by the prosecutor and the sheriff of the region where the crime was committed, members of the victim's family, and representatives of the convicted felon and the media. No members of McCarver's or Hartley's families will witness the execution.

Survivors
McCarver is survived by his mother and brother.

Cost to N.C. Taxpayers
About $3 million, based on figures from the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington and from a 1993 study of North Carolina cases by Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy, which estimated that murder cases ending in executions cost $2.1 million more than those resulting in sentences of life imprisonment.

Still on N.C. Death Row
Men: 207
Women: 6
African American: 121
Native American: 9
White: 81
Other: 3

  • Numbers include the execution of Ernest McCarver, if carried out on Friday

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