Posts Tagged ‘capital punishment’

On this day in 1995: Fourteen years after being convicted of the rape and murder of a N.C. Wesleyan College cheerleader, Kermit Smith is executed by lethal injection at Central Prison in Raleigh. Smith becomes the first white person in North Carolina — and the second in the nation the Supreme Court reinstated the death […]

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“In North Carolina, the crimes of murder, arson, burglary and rape are punishable by death. Fourteen-year-old Negro Ernest Brooks committed two of them. One night he broke into a Wilmington home, raped a woman eight months pregnant. Caught the next day, Negro Brooks confessed, was sentenced to death. “Last week Governor R. Gregg Cherry commuted […]

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