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

Execution Index 

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

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.

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.

"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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