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Death Penalty Argument Goes On

Posted March 31, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— This Friday, North Carolina is scheduled to put a convicted murderer to death. Monday, a vigil began on the lawn of the State Capitol building. People representing both sides of the argument plan to spend most of this week presenting their arguments.

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

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

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

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

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