Saturday, January 21, 2006

Simpson executed for Darter's murder

A little late on this, but I decided to take a blogging break yesterday. However, since I posted on the subject earlier, I wanted to mention it.

North Carolina executed Perrie Dyon Simpson for the 1984 murder of Jean Darter. The News and Record posts a follow up with Simpson's apology and reaction from others, including one of Darter's relatives.

Authorities arrested 16 anti-death penalty protestors who wanted to stop the execution. Many of them were among a group of 17 arrested for taking similar action before last December's lethal injection of Kenneth Lee Boyd, the 1,000th execution in the US since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1977. Simpson and Boyd both died for murders committed in Rockingham County.

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