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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

December 3, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
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Execution date set for Charlie Mason Alston

RALEIGH - Correction Secretary Theodis Beck has set January 11, 2002 as the execution date for death row inmate Charlie Mason Alston (#0006059). The execution is scheduled for 2 a.m. at Central Prison in Raleigh.

Alston, 42, was sentenced to death Nov. 3, 1992 in Warren County Superior Court for the murder of Pamela Renee Perry.

A media tour is scheduled at Central Prison on Monday, Jan. 7. Interested media representatives should be at Central Prison’s visitor center promptly at 10 a.m. on the tour date. Warden R.C. Lee will explain the execution procedures. The session will last approximately one hour. This will be the only opportunity to photograph the execution chamber and death watch area before the execution.

Journalists who plan to attend the tour should call the Department of Correction Public Information Office at 919-716-3700.

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ATTENTION EDITORS: For more information about the death penalty, including selection of witnesses, visit the Department of Correction web site at and click the link "The Death Penalty." Digital photos of death row inmates are available by clicking on the inmate’s DOC number on the list of offenders on death row.

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