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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The number of death penalty trials in North Carolina is dropping.

Only one person in the state was sentenced to die in 2013.

Thirty-three-year-old Mario Andrette McNeill was convicted last spring of kidnapping, human trafficking and killing a 5-year-old Cumberland County girl.

His trial was one of five capital cases where a death sentence could have been imposed.

North Carolina has averaged fewer than three death sentences a year over the past decade. That compares with the 1990s, when there were more than two dozen people often were sent to death row in a single year.

North Carolina had no executions this year. A series of lawsuits filed in 2006 challenged the fairness of executions.

The state has 155 inmates on death row, but most have challenges pending.

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  • 9743

    You’ve got a republican governor, a republican legislature and most DA’s in North Carolina are republican so why aren’t they addressing this if it’s a problem….don’t blame the libs if it “ain’t” happening buddy!!!

  • Erlkoenig

    This is because libs would rather get these scumbags free healthcare than the chair they deserve.

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  • guesty

    We don’t execute those on death row anyway, we let the live much longer than some of their victims ever lived. If we would actually use our death penalty, that would make crime drop. In the very least it would reduce repeat offenders.

  • Guest-o-matic

    It should go back to the days of the fifties. Execution should occur within 2 years of conviction or after ONE attempt at appeals. Done deal, get it over with and move on. With todays “sure-fire” high-tech forensic crime resolution, I think we can safely say that when they are convicted, they’re guilty! You find very few cases ever being overturned that have been convicted during the past 15 years. It would begin making a definite point, save a literal TON of money AND clear up the prison beds for the freshies.

    15 to 20 year wait times on death row is ridiculous and fully unnecessary. Only another big joke about our current justice system after going through the great “revolving door” multiple times.

  • Interestedobserverofjustice

    Study after study has shown that threat of the death penalty does not deter violent crime. Also, we have seen on a number of occasions, that the wrong person is convicted. What margin of error are we willing to tolerate? I personally do not think any error is worth it.

  • GuestMan.

    Better a thousand guilty men go free than one innocent man be executed.
    I agree with Interestedobserver in every thing he said and also it costs a lot more to execute someone than to keep them in prison for life.

  • Guesttoo

    Show me one single person who was on death row, fulfilled his sentence…and was able to commit another crime.

  • Erlkoenig

    What studies? Can you identify them or just regurgitate lib slogans? Commucrats have done everything to kill the death penalty (except for unborn child of course. We can kill them without a pesky trial). And then they argue its ineffective. So yes non-punishment does not deter murderers.

    Better a thousands scumbags get back out on the street to rape, pillage, and kill than to have one Mario Andrette McNeill pay for his crime.

  • guesty

    Supporting a non-productive criminal in prison for 50 years cost much more than executing a criminal after 2 years.

  • GuestMan.

    It is estimated by a Duke University economist that NC could save 11 million annually if we did away with the death penalty. That would pay for a lot od teachers.

  • Erlkoenig

    Go look at Professor Cook’s data. The biggest cost driver is “extra defense cost”. That’s the cost liberals sandbagged society with now that good, decent people have to pay for scumbags’ defense through taxation.

    The second biggest cost driver is post conviction cost. Another cost heaped on society by do-
    gooder liberals doing everything they can to get filth back on the street.

    The problem isn’t the death penalty. Its liberalism.

  • GuestMan.

    So, you don’t think indigent people have a right to defense in a court of law?
    Sounds like you’re a bit of a Fascist with some tea-bagger thrown in for good luck.

  • Erlkoenig

    I do blame the libs because they are the ones who set so much of the de facto moratorium in motion. Its one more mess the Republicans need to clean up.


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