Man Convicted Of Northampton Co. Murder Dies On Death Row Of Natural Causes

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The oldest prisoner on North Carolina's death row has died.

N.C. Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree says 83-year-old inmate John Fleming died Sunday of natural causes.

Fleming was sentenced to death in Northampton County for the May 1996 murder of Genie Pelham of Pleasant Hill. Fleming was convicted of breaking into Pelham's home and beating the victim on his head, then strangling him to death.

A decision from the state Supreme Court in 1999 says Pelham didn't approve of Fleming dating his daughter. It also says that Pelham was supposed to testify against Fleming for writing checks on his bank account without his permission.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 11, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    Justice delayed is no justice at all. the victims didnt have 15 years to get their house in order. the victims didnt have the priviledge of dying of natural causes. John Fleming took the place of God, & took the lives of those whom he deemed unworthy to live.
  • by Brian Location: Greenville on Sep 7, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Dead Is Dead And the only thing n question now is who gets his soul?
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      by Grim Reaper on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:21 AM in reply to Brian
      I bet i know.............
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Sep 7, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    Two years or two appeals, which ever comes first, and you all done. No way he should have seen the ball drop in 2000.
  • by I Fought the Law on Sep 7, 2011 at 03:32 AM
    Or maybe called it Retirement Home Row where you get 3 hots and a cot, hvac, tv/internet, game room, etc. And some folks believe it costs more to execute someone.....yeah right.
  • by Mike Location: Richlands on Sep 6, 2011 at 10:26 PM
    At least Nature finally carried out this guy's sentence. Over 15 years on Death Row? If they aren't going to carry out sentences, they ought to just call it Row.
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