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Execution Dates Set for 2 Inmates

Posted February 13, 2007

— The ongoing controversy over the death penalty in North Carolina has not stopped the state from scheduling two executions next month.

Tuesday, Correction Department officials scheduled Archie Lee Billings to die at Central Prison on March 2 and Allen R. Holman Sr. on March 9.

Billings, 33, was sentenced to death in 1996, in Caswell County Superior Court for the first-degree murder of Amy Jackson. He also had been convicted of first-degree rape, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury and first-degree burglary.

The state Supreme Court upheld Billings' conviction and death sentence in 1998, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied Billings' appeal last month.

Holman, 47, was sentenced to death in 1998 in Wake County Superior Court for the first-degree murder of Linda Holman.

The state Supreme Court affirmed Holman's conviction in 2005, he decided not to appeal, and a federal judge ruled in December that he was mentally competent to withdraw his appeals.

A Wake County Superior Court judge recently put three executions on hold because of an apparent conflict between the state execution protocol that requires a doctor’s presence and a State Medical Board ruling that doctor’s cannot participate.

The Council of State approved a new protocol Feb. 6 that changes the role of doctors but still involves them. Gov. Mike Easley said he expected the matter would be back in court.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said after the vote that he would not bring the matter back before the judge until he discusses the protocol with the Medical Board.

Sen. Phil Berger, R-Guilford, filed a bill Feb. 8 that would protect doctors who take part in executions. His bill came a day after Sen Ellie Kinaird, D-Orange, a longtime death penalty opponent, asked for a moratorium while the lethal injection process is studied.


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  • bosoxbaby Feb 14, 2007

    Ok so doctor's can't participate in killing a prisoner who has been found guilty by a court of law for taking another person's life but doctor's can still take part in abortions because the mother (not a jury, just your everyday average individual) decided it was ok to take a life???? Talk about a double standard. It seems that the medical association has jumped on the political band wagon instead of upholding their oath to do no harm.

  • superman Feb 14, 2007

    The medical board follows the laws of the great State of North Carolina. I say-- dissolve the State Medical Board- Pass a new law that makes the Department of Correction in charge of the licensing of doctors. See how they like that! Individuals who have been tried and convicted and had one appeal after another-- need to be executed. I find it odd that doctors can kill innocent babies but cant be there to execute convicted killers.

  • ncnurse Feb 14, 2007

    cokeunicom - Itotally agree.

    BTW, Senator Phil Berger has introduced a bill in the NC Senate that would resolve the perceived conflict between the Medical Board and physician participation in executions. It would be wise if you would contact your Senator and Representative and ask for their support for this bill. The bill is S114.

  • cokeunicorn Feb 13, 2007

    Well it was said that one of the inmates were conviced for killing a woman in Caswell Co. it was not a woman it was a little girl that was so dear to her family she was only 11 years old when that sick man took her and killed her. I can only hope they take off the moratorium soon that man don't deserve to be here when my neice did not get the chance to grown up and have kids of her own. She would have been 23 this year. I think he has lived on my money long enough. Don't you????