USA (North Carolina): Death penalty / Legal concern: James Edward Thomas (m)

USA (North Carolina): Death penalty / Legal concern: James Edward Thomas (m)

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Index Number: AMR 51/018/2007
Date Published: 24 January 2007
Categories: Americas, USA

James Thomas, black, aged 51, is due to be executed in North Carolina at 2am on 2 February 2007 for the murder of Teresa Ann West, a white woman, in June 1986. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 1987. The state Supreme Court overturned the death sentence in 1991 because the jury had been wrongly instructed. A new sentencing was held in 1995, at which James Thomas was again condemned to death.


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