Listing of North Carolina Death Row Inmates R - Z

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William Raines
Date of Crime:  12/11/2002
The Holder family took in Raines when he was nine-years-old, after Raines was abandoned by his mother and his father died.  Philip Holder and Rains had a brotherly relationship.  Years later, after Raines served a prison sentence, Phillip Holder and his wife, Pam Holder, gave Raines a place to live.  Raines stole the Holders' credit card and police caught Raines trying to use the credit card.  The Holders refused to press charges and instead asked Raines to move out of the house.  Raines responded by beating Phillip and Pam Holders with a wrench and shooting them.  During the penalty phase, the defense presented evidence that Raines had a personality disorder as a result of early childhood abuse and adult drug abuse.  The prosecution offered evidence that Raines did not kill the Holders as a result of a personality disorder but instead needed money to buy crack cocaine. 

Andrew Ramseur
Ramseur has already been convicted of murdering Jennifer Vincek and Jeffrey Peck inside a Statesville gas station in 2007.  The shooting was captured on security cameras. The jury decided Monday the question as to whether Ramseur would get life in prison or the death penalty. The jury, which deliberated for much of the afternoon Monday, ended up giving him the death penalty for both murders.
Ramseur robbed the Statesville convenience store where Vincek worked in 2007. Vincek left behind three daughters, now ages three, five and 10-years-old. 
Sentenced to Death 6/8/10.


Michael Reeves
The trial of Michael M. Reeves was moved from Craven County to Carteret County. He was convicted on May 14, 1992, of killing Susan Toler on Feb. 6, 1989.

Martin Alexander Richardson
On 11 December 1992 Richardson approached Sherry St. Germain as she sat in her car in the parking lot of the Monroe Mall and asked her if she could give him a ride. Richardson then got in the car through the passenger door and locked the door as he sat down. St. Germain told him that she would take him where he wanted to go as long as he did not hurt her. Richardson directed St. Germain to drive out into the country and instructed her to stop at the end of a road. He then made advances toward her, and she agreed to have sex with him as long as he did not hurt her and would let her go afterwards. After they had sex, he stabbed and killed St. Germain and pushed her body into a stream beside the road. A newspaper carrier found her body on 14 December 1992.

Timothy Richardson
Timothy Richardson was sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of a Castalia convenience store clerk,

Eddie Carson Robinson
Was sentenced to death for the 1984 murder-for-hire plot to kill James Elwell Worley, whose wife, Shelia Worley, wanted him dead. Robinson an co-defendant Elton O. McLaughlin also were sentenced to death for later murdering Shelia Worley because she failed to pay them $3,000 and talked to police. At the same time, they killed Worley's 4-year-old daughter, Psoma Baggett.

Marcus Robinson
Robinson, 33, was sentenced to death in Cumberland County Superior Court for the June 1991 death of Erik Tornblom. He also was sentenced to 40 years in prison for robbery with a dangerous weapon, 10 years for larceny and five years for possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Terry Lamont Robinson
At trial, the State's evidence tended to show that on 16 May 1999, defendant told Ronald Bullock that he wanted Bullock to help him rob the Pizza Inn in Wilson, North Carolina. Bullock agreed to the plan. The two began preparing for the crime by getting some clothes and weapons to use during the robbery. Defendant and Bullock then went to visit defendant's cousin, Jesse Hill. Hill indicated that he would not participate in the robbery. Nightfall was approaching as defendant and Bullock dropped Hill off at his grandmother's house. Under cover of darkness, defendant and Bullock parked nearthe Pizza Inn carrying with them the clothes they planned to change into after the robbery. Defendant was armed with a nine- millimeter Ruger automatic pistol. Bullock was armed with a .380-caliber automatic pistol. At 9:00 p.m., the two entered the Pizza Inn through the take-out entrance. With their faces covered and their weapons drawn, defendant and Bullock neared the cash register. John Rushton, the victim and manager of the Pizza Inn, approached the cash register from the rear of the restaurant. Defendant pointed his weapon at Rushton and ordered him to put the money in a bag. Rushton said, "What are you going to do if I don't?" Defendant replied, "Do you think I'm playing?" Defendant pointed his weapon at the floor and fired. Defendant then shot Rushton in the head as Rushton moved forward. Defendant and Bullock fled. According to the medical examiner, Rushton died from a gunshot wound to the head. As defendant and Bullock fled, they stopped to change clothes. Bullock did not, however, put on shoes. Bullock also dropped his weapon as he ran. The two ran in separate directions through a nearby housing area. Both the shoes and the weapon were recovered by the police.

Clinton Rose
Upheld two death sentences for Clinton Ray Rose, who was convicted in Rockingham County in the 1990 murders of Dean and Larry Dale Connor
A man who authorities say had been living in the woods in Rockingham County for the last six weeks has been charged with murder in connection with the weekend slaying of two campers. The bodies of the two campers were found in a tent near a swimming beach on the Mayo River. They were identified Wednesday as half brothers, Richard Dean Connor, 39, of Stoneville and Larry Dale Connor, 31, of Greensboro. Both died of gunshot wounds Saturday night, authorities said.

Christopher Roseboro
Convicted and sentenced to death March 16, 1994, for killing Martha "Gertie" Edwards on March 13, 1992. Roseboro admitted breaking into Edwards' house, but testified a codefendant was the one who killed her. In a court-ordered second sentencing hearing, a separate jury sentenced Roseboro to death Aug. 29, 1997.

Kenneth Rouse
Convicted and sentenced to death in Randolph County Superior Court for the March 16, 1991, murder of Hazel Colleen Broadway. Rouse was convicted of robbing, attempting to rape and killing Broadway, 63, at a Pantry convenience store in Asheboro.

Michael Ryan
A jury granted a convicted murderer his wish and sentenced him to death. Following a six-week-long trial, Michael Ryan dismissed his defense attorneys and asked the jury for the death penalty.
He told jurors, "I'm a dangerous convicted felon. You know what you've got to do."
It took the jury less than an hour to grant Ryan's wish, and recommend death. Moments after the judge sentenced Ryan to death, Ryan filed an appeal invoking the Racial Justice Act.
The Racial Justice Act was drafted to prevent the execution of defendants who can prove race was a factor in the decision to seek or impose the death penalty. Ryan filed the appeal based on the fact that five of six death row inmates from Gaston County are white. "A person should be prosecuted for what they've done," said Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell. "And to say that I can't prosecute people because they're white, until I can prosecute more blacks, that's even more crazy."
Bell doubts the strategy will work. But even if it does, he points out what he believes is a flaw in Ryan's strategy. "If it's a death penalty case you get other appeals on the death sentence," said Locke. "But if the death sentence is set aside you still spend life in prison. Michael Ryan was convicted this week of killing 65- year-old David Farrar back in 2007. His accomplice, Wesley Adair, testified against him during his trial. Ryan will now be transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh. As a death row inmate, he will be kept separate from the general population.
Sentenced to Death 5/21/10.

Michael Sherrill
Convicted and Sentenced to Death 2/09.
Sherrill was arrested and charged in 2005 in the death of 23-year-old Cynthia Gayle Dotson Wilson, who died Feb. 8, 1984. Crews called to fight a fire at her mobile home found her body on her bed. She had been stabbed in the chest 13 times, and her neck had been cut. Authorities also said the foam rubber mattress had been set on fire.

Tony Sidden
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 1995 in the 1982 murders of Garry Sidden and his sons, Galvin and Garry, Jr.

Jamie Smith
Early in the morning on 21 December 1994, defendant began to worry that the police could connect him to his mail theft. Defendant and a companion decided to destroy the evidence of the theft by setting fire to Grace Apartments. They purchased kerosene from the Hot Spot convenience store, put it in an antifreeze jug, and went to Grace Apartments sometime around 3:00 a.m. There, defendant poured half of the jug of kerosene along the hallway in front of Pamela Acheson's apartment. Defendant failed in his attempt to light this kerosene. He then splashed more kerosene up the stairs toward the second floor. Defendant laid the kerosene jug on the floor and lit it as he left the apartment complex. As defendant and his companion drove away, they could see fire raging in the building. The fire spread rapidly and caused significant consequences. David Cotton died in his second floor apartment from smoke inhalation. Erin Conklin suffered severe burns to her hands and arms when the fire reached her as she hung out her window. She also suffered a broken neck when she fell from her window after her burning hands could no longer cling to the window ledge. Alison Kafer suffered severe burns over seventy percent of her body as well as severe inhalation injury to her lungs from breathing smoke. Defendant confessed to setting the fire and to setting two other fires in apartment complexes. The State presented evidence of the additional fires during defendant's sentencing proceeding.

Reche Smith
On 8 March 2002, defendant Reche Smith was convicted of the March 10, 2001 first-degree murder and felony larceny. The jury found defendant guilty of first-degree murder of Charles King on the basis of malice, premeditation, and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. Following a capital sentencing hearing, the jury recommended a sentence of death for the murder.

Wesley Tobe Smith Jr.
Wesley Tobe Smith had murdered 18-year-old Margaret Martin by stabbing her 53 times as she fled through the house and cutting her throat. It was Sept. 12, 2001, the day after 9/11, though there was no evidence that terrorist attacks influenced the killer. Smith was a friend of the young man Martin was living with, a friend who "gave her the creeps," she had said. Six years later, Smith is on Death Row at Central Prison in Raleigh, along with 160 other men.

Mark L. Squires
Conivcited and sentenced to Death in 2002 for the murder of John Scott Alligood, who died from complications stemming from being shot in the chest during a Jan. 18 1998 robbery.On 27 July 1998 defendant Mark Lorenzo Squires was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Randy House and Erick Keech. Defendant was tried capitally and was found guilty on both counts of first-degree murder. For the murder of House, defendant's conviction was based on premeditation and deliberation and felony murder with the sale of cocaine as the underlying felony. For the murder of Keech, defendant's conviction was based solely on felony murder with both the sale of cocaine and House's murder as theunderlying felonies. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended that defendant be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for House's murder and to death for Keech's murder.

Patrick Joseph Steen
Patrick Steen, condemned to death for the 1996 murder of 80-year-old Virginia Frost
On 12 January 1998, defendant was indicted for first-degree murder and for felonious breaking and entering and common law robbery as a habitual felon. On 16 March 1998, he was also indicted for first-degree rape. Defendant was tried capitally to a jury at the 20 July 1998 Mixed Session of Superior Court, Mecklenburg County. Prior to the jury's consideration of the charges, the first-degree rape charge was reduced to attempted first-degree rape. On 21 August 1998, the jury found defendant guilty of first-degree murder on the basis of premeditation and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. The jury also found defendant guilty of felonious breaking and entering and common law robbery, but the jury found defendant not guilty of attempted first-degree rape. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended sentence of death for the first-degree murder conviction

Davy Stephens
The defendant was indicted on 13 February 1995 for three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; on 20 March 1995, he was indicted for an additional count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Defendant was tried capitally to a jury at the 27 November 1995 Criminal Session of Superior Court, Johnston County, Judge Narley L. Cashwell presiding. The jury found defendant guilty of all charges. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended sentences of death as to each murder conviction. On 20 December 1995, the trial court sentenced defendant to three separate sentences of death, one for each of the three convictions for first-degree murder; to a term of sixty-three to eighty-five months' imprisonment on each of the two convictions for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; and to a term of twenty-five to thirty-nine months' imprisonment on the conviction for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. At trial, the State presented evidence tending to show that on the evening of 20 January 1995, defendant and his accomplice, William Barrow, had dinner together and shared a bottle of Everclear and some whisky. The following morning, at approximately 2:00 a.m., defendant and Barrow drove to the Johnston County Grill Road home of Lynn Wright, a reputed drug dealer. Upon arrival, defendant and Barrow went straight to Wright's bedroom and shot him six times, killing him. Defendant and Barrow then separated in the house, and Barrow walked onto the porch and shot Antwon Jenkins in the head, killing him. Barrow then attempted to kill James White, but the bullet only grazed the side of White's face. Defendant entered the living room and attempted to shoot eighty-three-year-old Kenneth Farmer in the head, but the shot only hit Farmer in the arm as he threw his hand up. Defendant next tried to shoot John Wright but apparently ran out of bullets. Defendant and Barrow then left the Grill Road home but returned shortly thereafter. At this time, defendant shot and killed Michael Kent Jones, and Barrow seriously injured June Bates with gunshot wounds to her back and arm. Bates escaped and called for help from a nearby house.
When deputies arrived at the Grill Road home on 21 January 1995, they found a black man lying on the porch, dying from gunshot wounds to his head. The officers found four fired cartridge cases, caliber 38 Special, in a water basin in the front room. In the first bedroom, the officers found another black man, Lynn Wright, lying on the floor surrounded by blood and crack cocaine. Behind the house, the officers found another victim, Kenneth Farmer, who had been shot in the left arm. Farmer was able to identify one of the shooters as defendant Davy Stephens because Stephens had been to the house on several previous occasions. Farmer later picked Stephens out of a police photographic lineup. Following a lead, officers found defendant hiding in the attic of a house occupied by his girlfriend, and he was apprehended. The officers also found a 38 Special revolver near defendant in the attic. The State offered testimony from three medical examiners who concluded that Lynn Wright, Antwon Jenkins and Michael Kent Jones all died of gunshot wounds. Special Agent Eugene Bishop gave a ballistic report on the 38 Special revolver found with the defendant at the time of his arrest and determined that four cartridge casings found in the water basin at the Grill Road house were fired by this 38 Special. Bishop also tested a bullet found in the clothes of June Bates and concluded this bullet bore rifling characteristics similar to a 357 Magnum.

Darrell Strickland
The State's evidence tended to show inter alia that on 1 January 1995, the victim, Henry Brown, went with his wife, Gail Brown, and her six-year-old child to the home of [Strickland], who lived with Sherri Jenkins and their two-year-old son in Marshville, North Carolina. Mrs. Brown had formerly worked with both Ms. Jenkins and [Strickland] at Cuddy Foods in Marshville and had been "good friends" with Ms. Jenkins for about six years. Ms. Jenkins had been dating [Strickland] for thirteen years, had mothered his two-year-old son, and had been cohabiting with [Strickland] for about six months at the time of the murder. The Browns arrived at the residence of [Strickland] and Ms. Jenkins at approximately 8:00 p.m. Mr. Brown had been drinking but was not drunk. Mr. Brown and [Strickland] went into the kitchen, while Mrs. Brown and Ms. Jenkins stayed in the living room. The children were sent into the bedroom to play, and the adults began drinking alcoholic beverages. Ms. Jenkins testified at trial that they shared a marijuana joint and that all four adults drank from a half-gallon bottle of gin. The four adults continued drinking and talking for several hours. During this time, a shotgun owned by [Strickland] was passed around. Everyone was talking about shooting it and joking about shooting each other, but there were no serious threats. There were two shells in the gun and no other shells in the house. Ms. Jenkins took the gun outside and fired it once. At approximately 1:30 a.m., Mrs. Brown and Ms. Jenkins were in the kitchen preparing food for everyone to eat. The men were in the living room. Mrs. Brown testified that, while in the kitchen, she looked into the living room, where she saw her husband sitting on an ottoman with his head in his hands. [Strickland] was standing to the back and side of Mr. Brown with the gun in his hand pointed at Mr. Brown. Mrs. Brown saw [Strickland]'s lips move but could not hear what he said. She then heard the gun being fired, smelled burning flesh, and saw her husband fall over. Ms. Jenkins testified that she witnessed the victim sitting on the ottoman with [Strickland] standing behind him. The victim was mumbling something that she could not hear. She stepped outside to feed the cats, during which time she heard the gun go off. She came back inside and saw the victim fall over. According to Ms. Jenkins, the victim's behavior that evening was obnoxious and He was cursing at intervals and drinking alcohol throughout the night. Immediately following the shooting, [Strickland] left in his truck. He drove to the house of his ex-wife, Ms. Betty Sanders, in Marshville. [Strickland] asked Ms. Sanders to drive him in his truck to his uncle's house in Rockingham. At approximately 2:45 a.m., Ms. Sanders and [Strickland] were stopped in Rockingham by Officer Poston and Officer Grant of the Rockingham Police Department, which had been notified to be on the lookout for [Strickland]. Officer Grant transported [Strickland] to the Rockingham Police Department.

Isaac J. Stroud
Jocelyn Mitchell died on 1 May 1993 from dozens of blunt force injuries to her body. Defendant [Stroud] was in the apartment with the victim the night of the beating.
The jury found Stroud guilty of first degree murder and second degree kidnapping. In a special verdict, the jury indicated that it based its murder verdict on felony murder and torture -- it did not convict Stroud on "the basis of malice, premeditation and deliberation."1 Following the jury's recommendation, the judge sentenced Stroud to death.

Eddie Taylor
Date of Crime:  2003
Taylor and his cohorts planned to rob a small general store.  During the robbery, there was a shootout between the owners of the store and the robbers.  Husband and wife owners, Joseph and Dawn Faciane, were both shot.  Joseph Faciane died from the gunshot wounds and Dawn Faciane survived.  Taylor's cohort was also shot and killed during the shootout.

Rodney Taylor
On 2 February 1998, defendant was indicted for first-degree murder and for robbery with a dangerous weapon. Defendant was tried capitally before a jury at the 12 October 1998 Criminal Session of Superior Court, New Hanover County. The jury found defendant guilty of first-degree murder on the basis of premeditation and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. The jury also found defendant guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for the first-degree murder conviction. On 23 October 1998, the trial court sentenced defendant to death. The trial court also sentenced defendant to a consecutive minimum sentence of 103 months' imprisonment and a maximum of 133 months' imprisonment for the robbery conviction. Defendant appealed his sentence of death for first-degree murder to this Court as of right. On 24 February 2000, this Court allowed defendant's motion to bypass the Court of Appeals as to his appeal of the robbery conviction and judgment.

Raymond Thibodeaux
Defendant was indicted 20 July 1998 for the first-degree murder of his wife, Bertha Annette (Hyatt) Thibodeaux, and was tried capitally in Superior Court, Forsyth County. On 25 Feb. 1999, the jury returned a guilty verdict of first-degree murder on the basis of premeditation and deliberation and, on 2 March 1999, a recommendation of death for defendant.

James Edward Thomas
James Thomas, who was sentenced to death in 1987 for the first-degree murder of Teresa Ann West. He also received a consecutive term of life imprisonment for first-degree sexual offense
Thomas was charged with, and convicted of, first-degree murder and first-degree sexual offense. The murder conviction rested on both premeditation and the felony murder rule, with the underlying felony being the first-degree sexual offense. The jury sentenced Thomas to death.

Walic Christopher Thomas
On 2 October 1995, defendant was indicted for first-degree murder. On19 February 1996, he was also indicted for first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first-degree kidnapping. Defendant was tried capitally at the 22 July 1996 Criminal Session of Superior Court, Guilford County. The jury found defendant guilty of first-degree murder on the basis of premeditation and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. The jury also found defendant guilty of first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first-degree kidnapping. Following a separate capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for the first-degree murder conviction. On 9 August 1996, the trial court sentenced defendant to death.

John Henry Thompson
Kenneth Bruhmuller was murdered at his workplace on 31 March 2001. On 16 April 2001, a Guilford County grand jury indicted defendant John Henry Thompson for the first-degree murder of Bruhmuller, burning of a building used for trade, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. On 5 August 2002, another Guilford County grand jury returned a superseding indictment against defendant for burning of a building used for trade. Defendant was tried capitally before a jury at the 4 November 2002 Regular Criminal Session of the Superior Court, Guilford County. On 8 November 2002, the jury returned a verdict of guilty of first-degree murder on the basis of malice, premeditation, and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. The jury also found defendant guilty of robbery with a firearm and burning of a building used in trade. On 14 November 2002, following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for the first-degree murder conviction, and the trial court entered judgment in accordance with that recommendation.

Gary Allen Trull
Defendant Gary Allen Trull was indicted on 17 June 1994 for first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and first-degree rape. He was tried capitally and found guilty of first-degree murder on the bases of premeditation and deliberation and felony murder. He was also found guilty of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape. Following a capital-sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for the murder; and the trial court entered judgment accordingly. The trial court sentenced defendant to a consecutive sentence of forty years' imprisonment for the first-degree kidnapping conviction and to a consecutive sentence of life imprisonment for the first-degree rape conviction.
Victim - Vanessa Dawn Dixon.

Russell Tucker
On 31 July 1995 defendant was indicted for the first-degree murder of Maurice Travone Williams, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury to S.E. Spencer, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury to H.M. Bryant, all occurring on 8 December 1994. Defendant was tried capitally, and the jury returned a verdict finding him guilty of first-degree murder on the theory of premeditation and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. Following a capital sentencing proceeding pursuant to N.C.G.S. 15A-2000, the jury recommended that defendant be sentenced to death. The trial court sentenced defendant accordingly. Subsequent to the sentencing on the murder charge, the State dismissed the two assault charges. For the reasons set forth herein, we conclude that defendant received a fair trial, free from prejudicial error, and that the sentence of death is not disproportionate.

Stacey Tyler
In a capital trial, defendant, Stacey Anthony Tyler, was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murder of Mary Jennings Fleetwood. In a capital sentencing proceeding conducted pursuant to N.C.G.S. 15A-2000, the jury recommended and the trial court imposed a sentence of death. For the reasons discussed herein, we conclude that defendant's trial and capital sentencing proceeding were free of prejudicial error and that the death sentence is not disproportionate. Accordingly, we uphold defendant's conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death.

Henry Louis Wallace
On 4 April 1994, defendant Henry Louis Wallace was indicted for the murders of (1) Caroline Love, (2) Shawna Hawk, (3) Audrey Ann Spain, (4) Valencia M. Jumper, (5) Michelle Stinson, (6) Vanessa Little Mack, (7) Betty Jean Baucom, (8) Brandi June Henderson, and (9) Deborah Slaughter. In addition, defendant was indicted for the following crimes: (1) first-degree rape of Love, (2) second-degree rape of Hawk, (3) two counts of second- degree sexual offense against Hawk (fellatio and cunnilingus), (4) first-degree rape of Spain, (5) robbery with a dangerousweapon of Spain, (6) first-degree rape of Jumper, (7) first- degree sexual offense against Jumper, (8) first-degree rape of Stinson, (9) first-degree sexual offense against Stinson, (10) first-degree rape of Mack, (11) robbery with a dangerous weapon of Mack, (12) first-degree rape of Baucom, (13) robbery with a dangerous weapon of Baucom, (14) first-degree rape of Henderson, (15) robbery with a dangerous weapon of Henderson, (16) assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury against T.W., Henderson's ten-month-old son, (17) assault on a child under twelve years of age against T.W., (18) first-degree rape of Slaughter, and (19) robbery with a dangerous weapon of Slaughter.
    Between September 1996 and January 1997, defendant was tried capitally before a jury. On 7 January 1997, the jury found defendant guilty of nine counts of first-degree murder, each on the basis of malice, premeditation, and deliberation, and under the felony murder rule. In addition, the jury found defendant guilty of eight counts of first-degree rape, one count of second- degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual offense, two counts of second-degree sexual offense, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of assault on a child under the age of twelve, and five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
    After a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for each of the nine counts of first-degree murder. On 29 January 1997, the trial court entered judgment in accordance with the recommendations and sentenced defendant to nine death sentences. In addition, the trial court sentenced defendant to eight consecutive life sentences for the first- degree rape convictions, a consecutive forty-year sentence forthe second-degree rape conviction, two consecutive life sentences for the first-degree sexual offense convictions, two consecutive forty-year sentences for the second-degree sexual offense convictions, five consecutive forty-year sentences for the robbery with a dangerous weapon convictions, and a consecutive two-year sentence for the assault on a child under the age of twelve conviction.
The trial court arrested judgment on the assault with a deadly weapon conviction. Defendant appeals to this Court as of right from the sentences of death. Defendant's motion to bypass the Court of Appeals on the other convictions was allowed by this Court on 9 March 1999.
The State presented evidence tending to show that defendant murdered nine women in the Charlotte area over a two-year period. Defendant was identified as a suspect in three of the later murders by a palm print found on the car of one of the victims. As will be detailed below, defendant was arrested on an outstanding larceny charge and interrogated by police. He confessed to the murders of Caroline Love, Shawna Hawk, Audrey Spain, Valencia Jumper, Michelle Stinson, Vanessa Mack, Betty Baucom, Brandi Henderson, and Deborah Slaughter.

Christina S. Walters
Defendant, Christina Shea Walters, was indicted on 4 January 1999 for two counts each of first-degree murder, first- degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon, as well as one count each of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. In a second multicount indictment issued 25 January 1999, defendant was also indictedfor attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first- degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Defendant was tried capitally, and the jury found her guilty of all charges, specifically finding her guilty of both murders on the basis of premeditation and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for each of the murders, and the trial court entered judgments accordingly. The trial court also sentenced defendant to consecutive terms of imprisonment for each of the nine other felony convictions.
Victim - Debra Cheeseborough

Byron Lamar Waring
Convicted and sentenced to Death in 2007 in the brutal rape, bloody knife attack and torture Lauren Redman endured at the hands of her killers in late 2005.Jury needed less than half an hour to convict Waring of first-degree murder. Joseph Sanderlin, 25, also has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Redman, who was raped and repeatedly stabbed. Redman's former roommate, George Bradford Sasser, 26, has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder, accused of telling Waring to leave town after the killing.

Leslie Warren
Defendant Lesley Eugene Warren was indicted on 17 September 1990 for the first-degree murder of Katherine Johnson ("victim"). The jury found defendant guilty of first-degree murder on the basis of premeditation and deliberation. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death; and the trial court entered judgment in accordance with that recommendation.

James Hollis Watts
Defendant was indicted on 3 January 2000 for one count of first-degree murder, one count of felonious breaking and entering, and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The cases came on for trial at the 2 July 2001 Special Criminal Session of Superior Court, Davidson County.
On 18 July 2001, the jury returned a verdict of guilty as to all of the charges and, following a capital sentencing proceeding, recommended a sentence of death for the first-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced to death and further received a sentence of 11 to 14 months' imprisonment for felonious breaking and entering and a sentence of 117 to 150 months' imprisonment for robbery with a dangerous weapon. For the reasons that follow, we conclude that defendant's trial and sentences, including specifically his capital sentencing proceeding, were free of prejudicial error and that defendant's sentence of death is not disproportionate.

Melvin White
Defendant was indicted on 18 July 1995 for two counts of first-degree murder and on 18 September 1995 for one count of first-degree burglary. Defendant was tried capitally in September of 1996 and found guilty of both counts of first-degree murder and of first-degree burglary. Following a capital- sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for each of the murders; after consolidating the judgments, the trial court entered judgment accordingly. For the first-degree burglary conviction, the trial court sentenced defendant to a concurrent term of imprisonment for 82 to 108 months. For the reasons discussed herein, we conclude that the jury selection, the guilt-innocence phase, and the capital-sentencing proceeding of defendant's trial were free from prejudicial error and that the death sentence is not disproportionate.

Timothy L. White
Defendant Timothy Lionell White was indicted on 25 October 1999 for the first-degree murder of Evvie Lane Vaughn. On 7 August 2000 defendant entered a plea of guilty to the charge of first-degree murder. After a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended that defendant be sentenced to death; and the trial court entered judgment accordingly. For the reasons discussed herein, we conclude that defendant's capital sentencing proceeding was free from prejudicial error.

Keith Dedrick Wiley Jr.
On 3 November 1997 Keith Dedrick Wiley (defendant) was indicted for the first-degree murder of George Richard "Richie" Futrelle, II (Futrelle or the victim). Defendant was tried capitally at the 10 May 1999 session of Superior Court, New Hanover County, and on 25 May 1999, the jury found defendant guilty of first-degree murder based on malice, premeditation, and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. Following acapital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for the first-degree murder conviction, and the trial court entered judgment in accordance with that recommendation. The trial court also entered consecutive sentences of 116 to 149 months for first-degree kidnapping and 103 to 133 months for robbery with a dangerous weapon. Defendant gave notice of appeal.

George Wilkerson
On 15 February 2005, the Grand Jury of Randolph County returned bills of indictment charging George Wilkerson with two counts of murder and one count of first-degree burglary. The cause came on to be capitally tried at the 27 November 2006 Criminal Session of the Randolph County Superior Court, the Honorable V. Bradford Long presiding.  On 15 December 2006, the jury found Mr. Wilkerson guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary.  On 20 December 2006, the jury returned binding recommendations that Mr. Wilkerson be sentenced to death on both murder counts. 
On the same date, Judge Long sentenced Mr. Wilkerson to death and arrested judgment on the first-degree burglary verdict.  After a three-week trial in Randolph Superior Court, George Thomas Wilkerson, 25, was sentenced to death on Dec. 20 for the shooting deaths of two teenagers at a Randleman residence on Nov. 11, 2005. Wilkerson became the eighth man on death row from Randolph County.
Victims - Casey James Dinoff, 19 and Christopher Cameron Voncannon, 18

Phillip E. Wilkinson
Convicted and sentenced to death for the 1992 murders of a mother and her two children in Fayetteville, N.C.
1997 -- On April 3, less than 24 hours before he was due to be executed for beating three people to death with a bowling pin in 1991, Phillip Wilkinson was taken off North Carolina's death row and sent for mental evaluation because guards found two suicide notes in his cell.

David Kent Wiliams
On 20 December 1995, defendant David Kent Williams was indicted for first-degree murder, first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree burglary, misdemeanor assault on a female, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Defendant was tried capitally at the 24 June 1996 Criminal Session of Superior Court, Bertie County. Prior to the commencement of trial, defendant pled guilty to first-degree murder under the theory of premeditated and deliberate murder and the felony murder rule. Defendant also pled guilty to all of the other charges against him. After a separate capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for the first-degree murder of Etta Plunkett, and the trial court sentenced defendant accordingly. In addition, the trial court imposed consecutive sentences of imprisonment for defendant's other convictions. The State's evidence tended to show inter alia that around 4:30 a.m. on 28 October 1995, defendant broke into the Lewiston, North Carolina, home of Stella Whitney and went into the living room where Ms. Whitney; her grandson; and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Jereline, were sleeping. Defendant assaulted Jereline and Ms. Whitney and then fled after the Whitneys managed to escape to their landlord's home for help. After fleeing the Whitney home, defendant broke into the home of Etta Plunkett, a neighbor of Ms. Whitney's. Defendant brutally beat Ms. Plunkett, an eighty-three-year-old woman, in the course of robbing and raping her. When police and family members entered Ms. Plunkett's home around 5:25 a.m., they found her in her bedroom, unconscious and struggling to breathe. Ms. Plunkett died four days later, without regaining consciousness, due to extensive blunt force injuries to her head which resulted in a large blood clot compressing her brain. An autopsy revealed that Ms. Plunkett's face, neck, and chest had been severely beaten. She had suffered at least six severe blows to the head and four broken ribs. In addition, there were tears or cuts both to the vulva as well as deep within her vagina. Defendant was arrested on the morning of 28 October 1995 and admitted breaking into the Whitney and Plunkett homes. Defendant said that he had consumed a lot of crack cocaine and alcohol during the preceding night and that while he remembered breaking into the Whitney and Plunkett homes, he did not remember the assaults which followed.

James E. Williams
On 14 February 1991, Williams, Bernice Sikes, and defendant's cousin, Hammonds, to go out. While Hammonds drove, Williams gave directions to the Trinity home of the victim, Elvie Rhodes. Hammonds dropped off defendant and Sikes at Rhodes' home. Williams told Hammonds to tell his mother that somebody picked him up at the bowling alley.
Sikes testified that she and Williams waited outside the home of Elvie Rhodes while Williamsefendant finished his six-pack of beer. Williams told her that they were at the house of a woman he had gone out to supper with several times. He then told Sikes to wait outside and entered the house. After a short interval, Sikes knocked on the door, which Williams opened wearing only his underpants. He later told Sikes he had undressed to keep from getting blood on his clothes. Sikes entered the house and saw Ms. Rhodes with a bloody face and eyes swollen shut. Williams kicked and slapped Ms. Rhodes; rubbed his hand on the side of her face and licked the blood off; hit her in the head with a pole from a kitchen chair; and told her, "You know I'm going to kill you, don't you?" Next, Williams took Ms. Rhodes to the bathroom so that she could see her face, then he took her back to the living room and threw her to the floor. Williams told Sikes to clean up the blood in the kitchen. He then said to Sikes, "She won't die, baby." Sikes further testified that she looked in the living room and saw Williams's arm around Ms. Rhodes' throat, choking her. Then Williams stomped Ms. Rhodes in the stomach, chest, and throat. He then gave Sikes his knife and told her to go cut the venetian blind cord. Williams used the cord to choke Ms. Rhodes until she died.
Next, Williams instructed Sikes to clean up the blood and fingerprints and to look for money. Sikes then helped defendant wrap Ms. Rhodes' body in a quilt and put it in the trunk of Ms. Rhodes' car. They left in the car at around 6:00 or 6:30 a.m. and subsequently threw a bag containing poles from the kitchen chair and the cloth that the blood had been cleaned up with into a trash bin behind a car wash in Thomasville. They proceeded from there to Hardee's and bought breakfast. Later that day, they disposed of the body in some woods near Farmer, where Sikes used to live. Ms. Rhodes' car was found parked and abandoned outside a restaurant in Thomasville. A latent palm print on the trunk was identified as Williams'.
When Sikes was first arrested, she told police that she committed the murder. At trial, she testified that she had falsely confessed to protect Williams because he told her she would get in less trouble than he would because she was a mother of three, while he had a bad prior record.

John Willaims
Defendant was indicted 24 February 1997 for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill Shelly Jackson. On 31 March 1997, defendant was additionally indicted for the first-degree murders of Deborah Jean Elliot and Patricia Ann Ashe, the first-degree rapes of Jacqueline Crump and Audrey Marie Hall, first-degree sexual offense against Audrey Marie Hall, and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury on Jacqueline Crump and Audrey Marie Hall. On 4 August 1997, defendant was indicted in superseding indictments for the attempted first-degree rapes of Vicki LaVerne Whitaker and Kimberly Yvonne Warren, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill Kimberly Yvonne Warren, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury on Vicki LaVerne Whitaker. Finally, on 20 October 1997, defendant was indicted in superseding indictments for an attempt to commit the first-degree rape of Shelly Jackson and for the first-degree rape of Patricia Ann Ashe.
A jury found defendant guilty of first-degree murder of Patricia Asheand Deborah Elliot on the basis of premeditati on and deliberation and under the felony murder rule. The jury also found defendant guilty of two counts of first-degree rape of Jacqueline Crump and Audrey Hall, first-degree sexual offense of Audrey Hall, assault with a deadly weapon of Kimberly Warren, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury of Jacqueline Crump and Audrey Hall, attempted first-degree rape of Shelly Jackson, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill Shelly Jackson, and first-degree rape of Patricia Ashe.
The jury found defendant not guilty of two counts of attempted first- degree rape of Vicki Whitaker and Kimberly Warren and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury of Vicki Whitaker.
Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death for each of the murders, and the trial court entered judgments accordingly.

Eugene Johnny Williams
On 8 December 2004, Eugene Johnny  Williams was convicted of the first-degree murders of Nicholas Gillard and Cedric Leavy men over a dispute involving a stolen motorcycle.  The murder happened at 9 October 2001.

Marvin Williams
At the 30 April 1990 Criminal Session of Superior Court, Wayne County, defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

Darrell Christopher Woods
Was indicted on 17 January 1995 for the on 2 April 1994 murder of Trae Devon Gibson.

Vincent Wooten
Defendant was tried capitally upon an indictment charging him with first-degree murder in the killing of Edward Maurice Wilson. The jury returned a verdict finding defendant guilty of first-degree murder on the theories of premeditation and deliberation and lying in wait. Following a separate capital sentencing proceeding pursuant to N.C.G.S. [section] 15A- 2000, the jury recommended that defendant be sentenced to death for the murder, and the trial court entered a death sentence in accord with that recommendation.

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