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Numbers include the execution of Robert Bacon Jr., if carried out on Friday.

Executions*
United States (40 states): 731
The South (14 states): 629
North Carolina: 20
*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: 5
Executed: 4

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

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

Bacon's Crime
First-degree murder of Glennie Clark

Strongest Case for Clemency
Racial bias on the part of two all-white juries that sentenced Bacon to death while giving his white, co-conspirator a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2007.

Survivors
Bacon is survived by his mother and father, Elizabeth and Robert Bacon, Sr.; by brothers Elton Jackson, 53, and Melvin Jackson, 47; and by his sisters Marilyn Wright, 43, Robin Price, 41, and Diane Conner, 37.

Time of Execution
Friday, Sept. 21, 2 a.m.

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

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.

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
Total: 219
Men: 213
Women: 6
African American: 121
Native American: 9
White: 85
Other: 4

  • Numbers include the execution of Robert Bacon Jr., if carried out on Friday.

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