United States (40 states):731
The South (14 states):629
*Since 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court again allowed states to apply death sentences.
N.C. Governors' Records
Jim Hunt (1977-1985, 1993-2000)
Jim Martin (1985-1993)
First-degree murder of Dorothy Mae Smith
Strongest Case for Clemency
Inequity of the sentence, given that Ward's co-conspirator, Wesley Harris, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Both men committed an armed robbery and the victim was shot five times, all five from one of the two guns used. Ward maintains that he deliberately missed his shots. No fingerprint evidence was found on the weapons, both of which were supplied by Harris and were later found in Harris' apartment after Ward--questioned for another crime--confessed to the murder.
Ward is survived by his mother, Doris, a daughter, Kevette, and seven brothers and sisters.
Time of Execution
Friday, Oct. 12, 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, D.C., 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
African American: 121
Native American: 9