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Gov. Easley Denies Clemency To Death Row Prisoner

Posted May 5, 2005 7:20 a.m. EDT

— Gov. Mike Easley denied clemency for a convicted triple murderer Thursday.

Earl Richmond Jr. is on death row for the November 1991 murders of Cumberland County residents Halisa Hayes and her two children, Phillip and Darien.

Richmond was also convicted of the first-degree rape of Hayes and is serving a life sentence for the death of Lisa Ann Nadeau in New Jersey.

"Given the facts and circumstances of this case, I find no compelling reason to invalidate the sentence recommended by the jury and affirmed by the courts," Easley said.

Richmond's execution is scheduled for 2 a.m. May 6.