North Carolina Capital Punishment Laws
Capital punishment, more commonly referred to as the "death penalty," is reserved for the most serious murder charges. In North Carolina, for example, murder of a law enforcement or court official is considered a capital offense. North Carolina capital punishment laws exempt those who are ruled insane; establish a minimum age of 17 for executions; and employ lethal injection as the preferred method.
Learn more about North Carolina capital punishment laws in the following table. See FindLaw's Death Penalty section for additional articles.
|Code Section||14-17; 15A-1001, et seq.; 15A-2000; 122C-313; 15-187|
|Is Capital Punishment Allowed?||Yes|
|Effect of Defendant's Incapacity||Exempt from execution if insane|
|Minimum Age||17; 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 Homicide||Capital 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 Execution||Lethal injection|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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