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Death Penalty

NC conservative group wants death penalty reviewed

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Some North Carolina political conservatives want state lawmakers to consider whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole due to recently vacated murder cases. Full story...
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Capital punishment back before NC Supreme Court

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North Carolina's highest court is again looking into the state's capital punishment laws. Full story...
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NC court must weigh who decides on execution drugs

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North Carolina's Court of Appeals wants a fact-finding lower court to consider whether an appointed state official or a state rulemaking commission should decide how the state executes convicted killers. Full story...
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NC court weighs who decides on execution drugs

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A North Carolina appeals court is deciding whether appointed state officials can alone decide how convicted killers are executed or whether others must review the procedure. Full story...
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Death penalty trials declining in North Carolina

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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. Full story...
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Appeals court sets new date on execution rule arguments

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A state appeals court has rescheduled oral arguments in the lawsuit by North Carolina death row prisoners who challenged the rules for carrying out executions. Full story...
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Executions in NC would use 1 drug, not 3

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The state of North Carolina has changed the protocol for executing death row inmates by using one lethal chemical instead of three drugs. Full story...
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Soldier sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting

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A military jury has sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Full story...
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Jury: NC man should get death for killing child

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Jurors say a man convicted of killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl in 2009 should die for the crime. Full story...
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Bill restarting executions advances in NC House

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A bill repealing a procedure for condemned North Carolina inmates to challenge death sentences on racial grounds is headed to the full House. Full story...
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