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Date: April 7, 2004 Phone: (919) 716-3700

Execution date set for Sammy Crystal Perkins

RALEIGH - Correction Secretary Theodis Beck has set May 21, 2004 as the execution date for inmate Sammy Crystal Perkins.  The execution is scheduled for 2:00 a.m. at Central Prison in Raleigh.

On December 15, 1993, Perkins was sentenced to death in Pitt County Superior Court for the April 18, 1992 murder of 7-year-old Lashenna “Jo Jo” Moore.

Central Prison Warden Marvin Polk will explain the execution procedures during a media tour scheduled for Monday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m.  Interested media representatives should arrive at Central Prison’s visitor center promptly at 10:00 a.m. on the tour date.  The session will last approximately one hour.

The media tour will be the only opportunity to photograph the execution chamber and deathwatch area before the execution.  Journalists who plan to attend the tour should contact the Department of Correction Public Affairs Office at (919) 716-3700 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

ATTENTION EDITORS: A photo of Perkins can be obtained by using the "Offender Search" function on the Department of Correction Web site at For more information about the death penalty, including selection of witnesses, click on “The Death Penalty” link.

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