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NC attorneys seek delay in Racial Justice Act case

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Prosecutors are trying to delay the hearing involving a killer who is the first on North Carolina’s death row to try to persuade a judge that race played a key role in his case.

Prosecutors filed a request Monday to delay the hearing in the case of Marcus Robinson, who’s using the Racial Justice Act to try to prove that race played a role in his sentence. Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks in Fayetteville then ordered a short recess.

Death penalty opponents say the prosecutors who won Robinson’s conviction dismissed qualified black jurors more than three times the rate of white jurors. If Robinson wins, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Robinson was sentenced to death in Cumberland County for the 1991 death of Erik Tornblom.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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