Walk By Anti-Death Penalty Group Ends In Raleigh

The leader of a 300-mile trek from Raleigh to the coast and back is confident legislation to abolish North Carolina's death penalty will be heard one day at the General Assembly.

Ten members of the group Sojourners for Abolition and Reconciliation completed the last leg of the 16-day walking trip Tuesday morning by traveling to the Legislative Building.

Organizer Scott Bass was the only person who walked the entire trip. He says the pilgrimage raised awareness about the death penalty as well as about the family members of both murder victims and perpetrators.

The Legislature isn't considering bills to eliminate the death penalty this year. Bass says lawmakers shouldn't wait until other states end capital punishment to take a stand on the issue.

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