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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  • by JusticeForAll on Dec 17, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    By vetoing this bill, Bev Perdue has signed her resignation papers. She will NOT be re-elected. I will personally do everything in my power to ensure that she is outed as a friend of murderers, rapists, and felons, and that she has spent her entire tenure as Governor destroying the rights of law-abiding citizens in our fair state. She is an enemy if Freedom, Liberty, and the Rule of Law, and needs to be shown the door.,,
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:48 AM
    Great Caesar's Ghost - Why is anyone surprised at Purdue's support of such pablum, after all she is a dedicated Socialist. Like her Maoist cousins, she is simply catering to the Chairman Mao Defined "Useful Idiots" in the Long March to Universal Socialism in NC.
  • by Nick Location: Marion on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    This is so stupid. Bev has to be out of her flipping mind. If you work for the people you should get an idea of what they want and try to fight for that idea. But in this case Bev just decided to do what ever she wanted to. Chalk it up to being a Weak A** Governor. Go Bev.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    I want to say right now, if someone kills me or anyone else I know, I don't care what color they are. I hope they get the death sentence. This is NUTS. you hear me NUTS. How can so many people say they are good, and still kill people, and get nothing for what they have done because of the color of their skin. ITs NUTS NUTS NUTS
  • by Linda Location: Winterville on Dec 16, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    What kind of drugs is chicken lady Perdue on?
  • by The Gov on Dec 16, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    Bev "The Joker" Perdue strikes again!
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    Upset? with Bev PurrDumb? Really?
  • by 40some on Dec 16, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    Why would the governor veto the repeal of a law that has the words "Racial" and "Justice" in the name? That's an obvious answer. So how much money are tax payers stuck with for the appeals of every death row inmate? Doesn't matter to her, not her money and there's plenty of it.
  • by ncyankee Location: enc on Dec 16, 2011 at 05:23 AM
    what would this idiot of a governor do, if one showed up on her door steps..she is a joke
  • by Jon on Dec 16, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    I didn't even realize NC had this law on the book. The only thing that should change a sentence is if new evidence has come forward that exhonerates the accused, i.e. DNA evidence. Otherwise, the accused should be served the sentence a jury/judge awarded. This stupid ploy is just something to put more money in defense lawyer's pockets and give the convicted a tool to delay their sentence. If there was evidence of prejudice, it should have been brought to light in the original trial.
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