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Numbers include the execution of Clifton White, if carried out on Friday


Total Executions*
United States (38 states): 713
North Carolina: 18

*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: 6
Executed: 2*

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

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

*Some cases Easley denied clemency for have received judicial stays.

White's Crime
First-degree murder

Strongest Case for Clemency
White's lawyers cite several factors: He was abused as a child; he had no record of previous violent crimes; he is truly remorseful; and his parole officer failed to ensure that he got needed drug treatment.

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

Time of Execution
Friday, Aug. 24, 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.

Official witnesses include Sheriff Jim Pendergraph and Capt. Mike Smith of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Dept., and former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer C.F. Fisher. Victim's family witnesses include Stephanie Ewing, Kyle Cook and Christopher Cook. Media witnesses include Estes Thompson of the Associated Press, Robert Moore of the Charlotte Observer, and Tara Servatius of Creative Loafing (Charlotte).

White is survived by two sisters, Francis White and Teresa Hunt, his wife, Barbara White, two nieces and one nephew.

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: 215
Women: 6
African American: 122
Native American: 9
White: 86
Other: 4

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