Judge Delays 3rd Execution Friday, Citing 1909 Law

A third execution has been delayed by a Wake County judge.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens again cited the state's need to first deal with the role doctors should play in carrying out the death penalty.

Stephens signed a preliminary injunction that delays the February Ninth execution of James Adolph Campbell. The 45-year-old was sentenced to death for the slaying of Katherine Price in 1993.

Stephens had already delayed the execution of Marcus Reymond Robinson, who was scheduled to die yesterday, and James Edward Thomas, who was set to die next week.

State law requires a doctor's presence at executions, but the North Carolina Medical Board decided last week that any participation by a physician violated medical ethics.