U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle has stopped the execution of a man for the rape and murder of a Pitt County girl in 1992. Sammy Perkins was scheduled to be executed Friday morning at Central Prison in Raleigh. Boyle's order stops that while attorney's for Perkins and other death row inmates pursue a lawsuit over execution methods.
Lawyers for the State Attorney General's
Office have appealed the judge's order.