News-Kenneth Boyd could be be the 1,000th person executed
Since Mark Warner granted clemency for Robin Lovitt, Kenneth Boyd could be be the 1,000th person executed.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An inmate at Central Prison may make history on Friday. If it happens as scheduled, Kenneth Boyd will be the 1,000th person executed in the United States since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. Boyd was convicted of the 1988 deaths of his wife and father-in-law in Rockingham County. Thomas Maher, Boyd's attorney, filed two last-minute federal appeals -- one alleges problems with the jury, the other with the process of lethal injection. North Carolina death penalty opponents said the milestone will draw protesters from all over the country. Short of legal intervention, Gov. Mike Easley is the only person who can stop the execution. Easley has granted clemency only twice since taking office in 2001.
Earlier in November, he rejected two other requests from other death row inmates.