Gov. Hunt denied clemency to Michael Earl Sexton, 34, who died Thursday. He was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of 29-year-old Wake County health-care counselor Kim Crews. Her body was taken to a wooden area.
Sexton has been moved to the Central Prison's death watch area, which is across the hall from the execution chamber. He has been on death row since 1990.
Death penalty opponents held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night. The People of Faith Against The Death Penalty wants a moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina, so officials can study the laws and see if it has been fairly applied. Another rally was held on the steps of the Cumberland County courthouse.
Hunt met with both sides last week. He has granted clemency only once in his sixteen years as Governor. Another execution is scheduled in two weeks.