Researchers Find Race Bias In NC Death Penalty Cases

A study of nearly 30 years of homicides in North Carolina found that a killer is three times more likely to get a death sentence if the victim is white rather than black.

Multiple media organizations reported Friday that researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Northeastern University in Boston tracked more than 15,000 North Carolina killings since 1980.

Colorado sociology professor Michael Radelet says he's surprised that race still matters in the criminal justice system.

North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys president Seth Edwards denies that prosecutors base their decision to push for the death sentence on the victim's race. The top prosecutor in five rural eastern counties says many factors are considered when deciding on a capital case.