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Death Penalty Argument Goes On

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North Carolina's gas chamber
RALEIGH — This Friday, North Carolina isscheduled to put a convicted murderer to death. Monday, a vigil began onthe lawn of the State Capitol building. People representing both sides ofthe argument plan to spend most of this week presenting their arguments.

One group, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, is protestingthe upcoming death of Phillip Wilkinson. He is a former Fort Bragg soldierconvicted of three 1991 Fayetteville murders.

Monday morning, the department of corrections released information thatWilkinson will be sent to the gas chamber, since he allowed the deadlinefor requesting a lethal injection to pass.

Mary Ubegone, a member of the anti-death penalty group, says theybelieve such punishment should not exist.

Groups representing both sides of the argument were scheduled to meetwith Governor Jim Hunt Monday. Hunt has never commuted a death sentencesince he's been in office.

A spokesperson for the governor's office said Hunt will listen to bothsides of the argument, but will issue no statement Monday.

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