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Capital Offenses: First Degree Murder (N.C.G.S. 14-17)
 
Has Life without Parole: Yes
 
Who Decides Sentence: Jury
 
Minimum Age to Receive the Death Penalty: 17
 
Allows Execution of the Mentally Retarded: No. (Definition of Mentally Retarded is an IQ lower than 70.)
 
Method of Execution: Lethal Injection (sole method since October 29, 1998)
 
Clemency Process: Governor has sole authority to grant clemency.
 
Death Row Location: Raleigh, NC (for both men and women)
 
Death Penalty Re-established after Furman: June 1, 1977
 
First Execution after Furman: 1984
 
Number of Death Row Inmates Exonerated since 1973: Four.  Samuel Poole (1973); Timothy Hennis (1989); Alfred Rivera (1999); Alan Gell (2004).
 
Number of Offenders on Death Row: 192 (as of March 11, 2004)
 
Rank of NC within US for Number of Executions Held in 2003: Third (with 7 executions).  Texas was first, with 24, and Oklahoma was second, with 14.
 
Prosecutors in rural counties pursue the death penalty more aggressively: As an example, Mecklenburg County, with more than 600,000 residents, has 10 prisoners on death row, while the prosecutorial district of Bertie, Northampton and Hertford counties, with a combined population of about 65,000, has eight death row prisoners.
 
Effect of Race: In NC, the killer of a white person is 3.5 times more likely to be sentenced to die.
 
Percentage of Population Which Supports a Moratorium: 70%
 
Percentage of Population Which Believes Innocents are on Death Row: 80%
 
People Executed in 2004: Raymond Dayle Rowsey on January 9, 2004

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