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Date: Sept. 10, 2004 Phone: (919) 716-3700

Execution date set for Charles Wesley Roache

RALEIGH - Correction Secretary Theodis Beck has set Oct. 22, 2004 as the execution date for inmate Charles Wesley Roache.  The execution is scheduled for 2:00 a.m. at Central Prison in Raleigh.

Roache, 30, was sentenced to death April 24 and 25, 2001 in Haywood County Superior Court for the murders of Mitzi and Katie Phillips. He also received life sentences without parole for the murders of Earl Phillips, Cora Owens Philips and Eddie Lewis Phillips.  An additional sentence of life imprisonment was imposed in Alexander County Superior Court for the murder of Chad Watt.

Central Prison Warden Marvin Polk will explain the execution procedures during a media tour scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18 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, Oct. 15.

ATTENTION EDITORS: A photo of  Charles Roache (#0345539) 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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