[Deathpenalty]death penalty news----N.C., S.C.
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Fri Mar 11 01:34:52 CST 2005
Convenience-store clerk killer executed by injection
The killer of a convenience-store clerk was executed by injection early
Friday despite arguments from death penalty opponents that his crime would
receive a less severe punishment in 40 other states.
William Dillard Powell, 58, was sentenced to death in 1993 for killing
Mary Gladden as he tried to rob her for drug money. Powell was high on
cocaine and beat the 54-year-old Gladden to death with a tire iron he
found in the Cleveland County store because she fought back, his lawyers
Powell was pronounced dead at 2:09 a.m., said correction system
spokeswoman Pam Walker.
The execution came after the U.S. Supreme Court declined late Thursday to
review the case. Gov. Mike Easley denied clemency.
"Having carefully reviewed the clemency petition, I conclude that there
are no compelling reasons to invalidate the sentence recommended by the
jury and affirmed by the courts," Easley said in a release.
Ken Rose, director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham,
which is assisting Powell's attorneys, said Powell does not deserve to be
executed because he did not premeditate his killing and the only legally
aggravating factor is attempted robbery.
40 other states would not allow an execution in such a case, Rose argued.
The state Supreme Court rejected a defense argument Wednesday that the
courts had not adequately considered a recently lodged complaint claim of
prosecutorial misconduct during Powell's trial.
Attorneys said Cleveland County District Attorney Bill Young, who
prosecuted the case, failed to reveal a deal with Powell's girlfriend,
Lori Yelton Donohue, in exchange for her testimony at the 1993 trial.
Prosecutors are required to tell the defense about any promises made to
Powell was moved Wednesday to the death watch area at Central Prison in
Raleigh, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Correction said.
At mid-afternoon Thursday he had met with his lawyers, spokeswoman Pam
Walker said. Powell's sister also was scheduled to visit.
At 5:30 p.m., he had his last meal.
Powell was the 1st person executed in North Carolina this year and the
35th since the state resumed capital punishment in 1984. No other
executions are currently scheduled.
Death row in North Carolina is home to 178 men and 4 women. That includes
4 defendants who committed their crimes as 17-year-olds whose death
sentences were thrown out last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. Powell
becomes the 10th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA
and the 954th overall since America resumed executions on January 17,
(sources: Associated Press & Rick Halperin)
Convicted killer was abused, starved while growing up
A Columbia man who killed 2 people in South Carolina should be spared the
death penalty because he was abused, starved and teased at school, defense
Quincy Allen, 25, pleaded guilty last week the 2002 shooting deaths of
Jedediah Harr, 22 and Dale Evonne Hall, 45 in Columbia. Those killings
were part of a monthlong crime spree that also left 2 people dead in North
Carolina. Allen already is serving life in prison for those crimes.
Prosecutors have asked Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper Jr. to sentence
Allen to death.
North Carolina social worker Deborah Grey testified Thursday that Allen's
earliest memories from childhood include watching his stepfather beat his
Since Allen's arrest, Grey has interviewed Allen and his family, and
collected hundreds of pages of medical and school reports. Grey said
Allen's mother viewed her son as a liability and felt detached from him.
"I never heard anything about mom coming to school to be an intermediary
or an advocate for Quincy," Grey said.
When Allen was 6, his mother placed him in a large trash can and shut the
lid on him, Grey said. By the time he reached the 12th grade, Allen had
changed schools 14 times, she testified.
Allen's starvation led to an eating disorder called rumination, which
involves chewing and swallowing regurgitated food. That went on for about
10 years, Grey said.
Various psychiatric reports from Allen's youth indicated depression and
Administrators from Spring Valley High School talked about their contact
with Allen during the 1997-1998 school year.
Hope Spillane described his social skills as "immature." "I never saw him
in a friendship situation with anybody," she said.
Valerie Schulz, a career information specialist at the school, said Allen
was a good student academically. "Was he an A student? No, but he was a
solid B student," she said.
Her trust in him diminished after she caught him looking at a lewd image
on a school computer in her office.
(source: Associated Press)
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