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Numbers include the execution of John Hardy Rose if carried out on Friday

United States (40 states): 744
The South (14 states): 629
North Carolina: 21
*Since 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court again allowed states to apply death sentences.

N.C. Governors' Records
Mike Easley
Clemency granted: 1
Clemency denied: 5
Executed: 5

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

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

Ward's crime
First-degree murder of Patricia Stewart in 1991

Strongest Case for Clemency
Rose's appeals attorneys have introduced evidence of mental disorder that was not presented at trial. His court-appointed trial attorneys had no experience with capital cases:one was just out of law school and the other was a career prosecutor. Rose's appeals have also focused on an investigator's promise that he would avoid the death penalty if he confessed to the crime. A federal appeals court refused to consider an additional claim of economic discrimination in the imposition of the death penalty.

Time of Execution
Friday, Nov. 30, 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.

Rose is survived by his mother, Eloise Pace; two sisters, Ulayla Odom and Betty Brown; a brother-in-law, Bobby Brown; and three children from an early marriage.

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: 216
Men: 210
Women: 6
African American: 120
Native American: 9
White: 82
Other: 5

  • Numbers include the execution of John Hardy Rose if carried out on Friday.


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