United States (40 states): 744

The South (14 states): 629

North Carolina: 21

*Since 1977, when the U.S. Supreme Court again allowed states to apply death sentences.

N.C. Governors’ Records
Mike Easley

Clemency granted: 1

Clemency denied: 5

Executed: 5

Jim Hunt (1977-1985, 1993-2000)

Clemency granted: 2

Clemency denied: 14

Jim Martin (1985-1993)

Clemency granted: 1

Clemency denied: 2

Ward’s crime
First-degree murder of Patricia Stewart in 1991

Strongest Case for Clemency
Rose’s appeals attorneys have introduced evidence of mental disorder that was not presented at trial. His court-appointed trial attorneys had no experience with capital cases:one was just out of law school and the other was a career prosecutor. Rose’s appeals have also focused on an investigator’s promise that he would avoid the death penalty if he confessed to the crime. A federal appeals court refused to consider an additional claim of economic discrimination in the imposition of the death penalty.

Time of Execution
Friday, Nov. 30, 2 a.m.

Method of Execution
Lethal injection of thiopental sodium and procuonium bromide (Pavulon), which induces sleep and then stops all muscle action, including breathing.

“Appropriately trained” volunteers work anonymously behind a curtain. Three inject syringes into IV tubes. Only one contains the lethal solution. The volunteers do not know which one.

Rose is survived by his mother, Eloise Pace; two sisters, Ulayla Odom and Betty Brown; a brother-in-law, Bobby Brown; and three children from an early marriage.

Cost to N.C. Taxpayers
About $3 million, based on figures from the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington and from a 1993 study of North Carolina cases by Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy, which estimated that murder cases ending in executions cost $2.1 million more than those resulting in sentences of life imprisonment.

Still on N.C. Death Row
Total: 216

Men: 210

Women: 6

African American: 120

Native American: 9

White: 82

Other: 5