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Date: March 21, 2006 Phone: (919) 716-3700

Execution dates set for Willie Brown Jr. and Jerry Wayne Conner

RALEIGH - Correction Secretary Theodis Beck has set April 21, 2006, as the execution date for inmate Willie Brown Jr.  The execution is scheduled for 2:00 a.m. at Central Prison in Raleigh.

 Brown, 61, was sentenced to death November 15, 1983, in Martin County Superior Court for the murder of Vallerie Ann Roberson Dixon.  He also received an additional 40-year sentence for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Beck has also set May 12, 2006, as the execution date for Jerry Wayne Conner.  The execution is scheduled for 2:00 a.m. at Central Prison.    

Conner, 40, was originally sentenced to death on April 30, 1991, for the murders of Minh Rogers and Linda Rogers.  He was also sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and 40 years imprisonment for robbery with a firearm.  The North Carolina Supreme Court later vacated the death sentences.  On January 31, 1995, Conner was again sentenced to death for the same murders.  

ATTENTION EDITORS: Photos of inmates Brown (#0052205) and Conner (#0085045) 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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