Jacksonville Grandmother Upset With Governor's Veto

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

Governor Perdue's veto of a bill to repeal the Racial Justice Act has a grandmother in the east upset.

That's because it means Marcus Douglas Jones Sr., one of six men in Onslow County on death row, can now go through with claims on the act. In 1999, Jones shot his wife, Benita, and his 14-year-old stepson, Marvin Chase Thomas, before turning the 12-gauge shot gun on himself. A jury found him guilty and the judge imposed the death penalty. However, Jones filed a claim with the Racial Justice Act claiming discrimination. That claim now has to be considered. It's something his victim's family cannot stomach.

"He was sentenced on his birthday- on little Marvin's birthday. If it gets changed there ain't been no justice done," said Marvin;s grandmother
Della Futrell.

District attorney's across the state urged the governor to repeal the Racial Justice Act, which allows death row inmates to use statistical data from across the state to show discrimination in their case.


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