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Death Row Inmate Unhappy About Delayed Execution

Posted March 8, 2007

— Convicted killer Allen Holman, who sits on death row at Raleigh's Central Prison, says he is ready to die.

This week, family members traveled from Maryland to say goodbye to the 47-year-old, convicted of first-degree murder in April 1998 of shooting his wife, Linda Holman, in front of a police officer in Apex.

A year ago, Holman even fired his attorneys in an effort to move forward with the execution, which was scheduled for 2 a.m. Friday. But now, his death sentence is on hold.

"I want closure for the victim's family," Holman said Thursday. "I want closure for my family. I want closure for myself."

On Tuesday, a judge delayed the execution because the state Department of Correction could not find a physician willing to attend the execution. The reason: a North Carolina Medical Board policy adopted in January that declares it unethical for a physician to participate in executions.

But Holman doesn't believe a doctor needs to be present.

"I'm not saying I want a correctional officer sticking a needle in my arm or anything, no, but I don't see where it would necessarily have to be a doctor there," he said.

Under state law though, a physician is required to be present at all executions to ensure that the condemned inmate does not suffer.

Four other scheduled executions were delayed earlier this year when a Wake County judge ruled that the medical board's policy conflicted with state law. State officials subsequently ordered a new protocol that increased a doctor's role.

Holman, who said he lost faith in the justice system long ago, said he is frustrated by the dispute and thinks he should be allowed to die.

"It's illogical, it's irrational to me," he said, citing examples of abortion and doctor-assisted suicide.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Susan Spurlin, who prosecuted the case, says the wait for Holman's execution has also taken an emotional toll on the victim's daughter, Deborah Hartless.

"This has been very difficult for her, because she thought it was going to come to a close -- and it's not," Spurlin said.

Holman said the waiting is frustrating and that he believes the longer he waits for the death penalty dispute to be resolved, the greater the chances will be "to get rid of the death penalty."

"I feel competent enough, I feel I'm being rational, rational and logical about it," Holman said. "I think it should be carried out."


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  • BLA BLA BLA Mar 10, 2007

    "Under state law though, a physician is required to be present at all executions to ensure that the condemned inmate does not suffer"

    mm, show compassion for the murderer. He didnt show the victim compassion.

  • babygurlie Mar 9, 2007

    I think that everyone is right this man has confessed on what he did and oviusly he cares about what he did. Maybe they shouldn't make it so harsh because what if he is saying that to cover someone up and they kill him i do not think that is right. But they should do something like make him write letters to each memeber of her family and then do some dirty work everyday like scrub the bathroom stalls in a jail or something.Maybe to get himor others to feel guilty put them in a cell with pictures of the scene and the person so they have to live with that guilt up under their skin so they will sufer more than getting killed.ALso while on the subject of jail i think that inamtes get to much freeway in jail hot meals cable activities its like heaven for doing something wrong. That is my opinion

  • regularguy_nc-at-yahoo.com Mar 9, 2007

    Whether that guy wants to die or not, probably shouldn't even matter. But, hell... there's plenty of ways to kill a man. Take him out back and shoot him! I might lean towards thinking up something for him to do the rest of his life as an effort in repayment for his crime. Not that he could ever really make up for it. At the very least, a way for him to pay for his keep.

    As far as a death penalty is concerned... the cons could earn there "living" to take the burden off of the taxpayers and remain alive. The legal system --such as it is-- kills an innocent now and then and it just doesn't have to happen.

    I say put them to work and do it in such a way as to make it pay... while they pay.

  • yacs Mar 9, 2007

    Undoubtedly true, atmom, and I'm sorry if it's happened to you. I should have said I'm generally against these things, because there are always circumstances that change a person's rules and philosophy -- you are absolutely right about that. Thanks for making me think a little more openly.

    All I know is, it never happened to my sister, but she seemed ready to pull that switch for anyone. I suspect it hasn't happened to many of the people who post so fervently in favor of killing convicts, but I can't fairly assume that. I would never want to tell a victim they're wrong in wanting to see that type of justice, though.

  • atmom Mar 9, 2007

    I think a lot of people who don't believe in the death penalty would change their minds if someone took the life of their loved one. It's a whole other story when it happens to you!

  • wildatheart99 Mar 9, 2007

    Well I feel that we shouldn't have a death penalty. If someone committs a harsh crime like murder ect., than they should just have to do life. I think that Allen Holman and all of death row, should have to spend their lives thinking about the wrong that they have committed! I know that day after day living thinking about the child, woman or man they have killed would drive them nuts. Thats what we are after, making a killer ect. feel like crap and remember the wrong they have committed.

  • Ness Mar 9, 2007

    Isn't what people who are murdered and tortured have gone through "crule and unusual punishment"?

  • fireman1963 Mar 9, 2007

    correct, do you not believe in the death penalty? If not, why not?

  • yacs Mar 9, 2007

    I have to say, I'm surprised at how many people seem eager to take another person's life. Anyone who says they'd like to push the plunger should probably take a long, hard look at their own morals. I'm all for justice and harsher penalties, but I'm a little scared at seeing so many people who could be my neighbors and colleagues, practically salivating to take another man's life. And many of you clamoring for death have posted in other stories about your strong Christian values.

    And please don't call me Liberal, weak, or worthless. I'm none of those, but I'm against killing people in any guise -- crime, abortion, war, or capital punishment.

    My sister, a pro-life activist, once said some criminals deserve no mercy and should be killed without a second thought. My mother, a staunch Republican, answered, "I don't think I could be so quick to kill another person." Worth some thought!

  • yacs Mar 9, 2007

    Tax Man: "I can still remember the days that Utah and a few other western states used the firing squad to execute convicted murderers ... Let's return to the Good Old Days and clear those death rows up!"

    There are lots of things that were effective in our past, but that doesn't make them right.