Inmate Asking For Execution, But Questions Linger

A debate over how the state carries out executions has stopped the capital punishment process. But one death row inmate says he wants to be executed as scheduled next month for killing his wife.

Allen Holman is scheduled to be executed March 9. He has fired his lawyers and dropped his appeals, but the state may not be able to carry out the execution.

Four executions scheduled prior to Holman's have been stopped by a Wake County judge over the issue of a prison doctor's role in the death chamber.

The impasse arose when the state Medical Board passed an ethics policy that forbids a doctor from participating in an execution although state law requires that a doctor be present.