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James Edward McKamey North Carolina Death Row

James Edward McKamey north carolina death row

James Edward McKamey was sentenced to death by the State of North Carolina for the murder of a music teacher. According to court documents James Edward McKamey would stab to death Carol Greer and leave her body beside a building. James Edward McKamey was also convicted of an attempted murder committed during a robbery. During that incident the woman was able to escape and James Edward McKamey would flee and murder Carol Greer the same night. James Edward McKamey was convicted of murder, attempted murder and robbery and would be sentenced to death.

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James Edward McKamey, who was convicted of murder in the death of a former Columbus County music teacher, has been sentenced to death.

The jury announced the unanimous verdict Thursday morning after deliberating for about an hour. The jury spent more than three hours deliberating Wednesday and about another hour Thursday morning.

McKamey’s attorney told the judge he intends to file an appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court.

“The death penalty is the law of North Carolina and the District Attorney’s Office will continue to seek its application in the most egregious murder cases,” District Attorney Jon David said. “The senseless killing of Carol Greer was an incident which cried out for maximum justice, and we felt it was important to let the community decide the appropriate punishment.”

McKamey was convicted in the 2016 murder of Carol Greer, a former music teacher in Columbus County. McKamey stabbed Greer to death and then left her body near a small storage building behind her home in August 2016.

The death penalty has become more uncommon as a punishment in North Carolina according to UNC School of Government Professor Jeff Welty.

“Previously, the law required prosecutors to pursue the death penalty in most first-degree murder cases. But in 2001, the law changed. That gave prosecutors the discretion to seek the death penalty when they thought it was appropriate and not to seek it when they didn’t think it was appropriate, and that just reduced the number of capital trials quite a bit,” said Welty.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, McKamey will become the 138th active death row inmate in North Carolina. The state has not carried out any executions since 2006 due to ongoing litigation.

“We’re in a situation right now where the death penalty still exists, and prosecutors who see value in it and believe in it can pursue it, and yet opponents can say that, you know, we haven’t had any executions in a long time and we aren’t likely to have any anytime soon,” said Welty. “In some ways, it is kind of an equilibrium, and I’m not sure that there’s a major change to that equilibrium on the horizon in the near term.”

McKamey also was found guilty of attempted murder and assault in connection to the stabbing of Reshonta Love. David says McKamey stabbed Love after she game him a ride home. Love got away and drove herself to the hospital. McKamey then went to Greer’s home, stabbed her to death, and stole her car.

Greer’s body was found a day after the incident. McKamey was arrested in Brunswick County later that week.

McKamey was also sentenced to concurrent sentences of 180-228 months for the attempted murder charge, and 73-100 month sentences on two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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  1. I see this and it makes me sick, how can we as Americans think it is okay to say murder is wrong and then think that any of us have the right to put someone to death? I know firsthand the facts of this particular case are not exactly facts and that things did not happen as they were told; however, I won’t get into that right now, I am writing a book that will tell all. Still, we say it’s wrong to murder but if we are men or women of power, we think that we are justified to do just that. It’s wrong however you look at it and honestly, I feel that that it’s not the worst punishment we can hand out anyway, I mean were kind of doing him a favor, rather than suffer the rest of his life in a prison alone with the constant reminder of what he has done we just out him out of his misery! Who are we to decide the fate of a man? Who cares if were a judge, a prosecutor, or a jury of our peers! We are not God! We have no right just as he had no right, however we look at it. I know for a fact that the attempted murder that was a so-called robbery was no robbery it was something else completely and although I cannot give away my sources or what it was let’s just say that a man is now on death row for a crime that was yes, a heinous crime, it was horrible, and my heart goes out to the all the people that lost such a wonderful woman but it wasn’t because the man that committed this horrible act is a monster, he was a man that was lost and pleading for help that fell on deaf ears. He was a man that like many others in our society who fell into a cycle of drug addiction and rather than us consider anything else we automatically assumed he was a monster, but had it not been for the fact that he was under the influence and mentally unstable at that time he would have never committed such an act, you see there are two sides and sometimes only one side is heard most the time because the other side can’t afford proper council or nobody cares because all they see is the crime. All I am trying to say is that there is more to the story than him being a murdering psychopath that deserves to die!

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