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Numbers include the execution of Bobby Lee Harris, if carried out on Friday.


Total Executions*
United States (38 states): 670
The South (14 states): 536
North Carolina: 17
*since 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court again allowed states to apply death sentences

N.C. Governors' Records
Mike Easley
Clemency granted: 0
Clemency denied: 1

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

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

Harris' Crime
First-degree murder

Strongest Case for Clemency
Harris is borderline mentally retarded. He has also expressed remorse about his actions and has said that he didn't intend to kill the victim. Additionally, Harris' court-appointed lawyer was ill with cancer during the trial and made several mistakes, according to Harris' new lawyers.

Method of Execution
Lethal injection of thiopental sodium and procuronium bromide (Pavulon), which induces sleep and then stops all muscle action, including breathing.

Time of Execution
Friday, Jan. 19, 2 a.m.

Final Meal
Prisoners can choose a final meal, served about eight hours prior to the execution.

"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.

Up to 16 people can serve as execution witnesses, including official witnesses chosen by the prosecutor and the sheriff of the region where the crime was committed, members of the victim's family, representatives of the convicted felon and media. The official witness list has not been released.

Harris is survived by his mother, Geraldine Mode, his sister, Jennifer Mode, and his brother, David Harris.

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
Men: 208
Women: 6
African American: 120
Native American: 9
White: 82
Other: 3

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