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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — The first evidentiary hearing involving North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act appears to be nearing the end in a Cumberland County courtroom.

Attorneys for Marcus Robinson are expected to present rebuttal witnesses Tuesday. Closing arguments could begin after that testimony or they may begin later in the week.

Robinson is a black man trying to prove racism played a role in the death penalty he received for killing a white teenager in 1991. If he proves his claim, the Racial Justice Act calls for him to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Legislature tried to repeal the act earlier this year but failed to override a veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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