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Theodis Beck

North Carolina Department of Correction

For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Pamela Walker
Date: September 9, 2003 Phone: (919) 716-3700

Statement concerning today’s order staying the execution of Henry Hunt:

  • In 1983, the General Assembly gave death row inmates the option to choose lethal injection as a method of execution.
  • The method of lethal injection, which includes a trio of drugs-- thiopental sodium, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride has been used since 1984.
  • It is the position of the Department of Correction that potassium chloride used in lethal injection is not inconsistent with statutes. (N.C.G.S. § 15-187 and 15-188)

- Pamela Walker
Director of Public Affairs

North Carolina Department of Correction
Public Information Office     4202 Mail Service Center     Raleigh NC 27699-4202
Phone (919) 716-3700      Fax: (919) 716-3795

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