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North Carolina Capital Punishment Laws

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Code Section 14-17; 15A-1001, et seq.; 15A-2000; 122C-313; 15-187
Is Capital Punishment Allowed?Yes
Effect of Defendant's IncapacityExempt from execution if insane
Minimum Age17; no minimum age for first degree murder while serving prison sentence for prior murder or which work on escape from such sentence.
Available for Crimes Other than Homicide?None
Definition of Capital HomicideCapital felony committed by person lawfully incarcerated; previous capital felony convictions; previous felony conviction involving use/threat of violence; avoid lawful arrest or escape from custody; in connection with homicide, rape or sex offense, robbery, arson, burglary, kidnapping or aircraft piracy or bombing; for pecuniary gain; hinder lawful exercise of governmental function or enforcement of laws; victim was law enforcement officer, employee of Corrections Department jailer, fireman, judge or justice, prosecutor, juror or witness while engaged in duties or former; especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel; great risk of death to more than one person; in connection with other crimes of violence against other person(s)
Method of ExecutionLethal injection

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