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Guide to the Center for Death Penalty Litigation Records, 1969-2006 and undated

Abstract

The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is a non-profit law firm that represents inmates on North Carolina’s death row. Its work often involves the investigation of racism and the judicial process, and the treatment of the mentally retarded charged with crimes in North Carolina.

Collection contains Center for Death Penalty Litigation case files dating from 1969-2006 for fourteen inmates on North Carolina’s death row during the same period: Robert Bacon Jr., David Junior Brown, Frederick Camacho, Willie Ervin Fisher, Harvey Lee Green Jr., Zane Hill, David Earl Huffstetler, Joseph Timothy Keel (the largest case file at 26 boxes), Gary Wayne Long, James Lewis Martin Jr., Elton Ozell McLaughlin, Phillip Thomas Robbins Jr., Steve Van McHone, and Norris Carlton Taylor, as well as limited files on other inmates. Case files typically include transcripts, affidavits, attorney notes, clemency requests, petitions, pleadings, photographs, correspondence, motions, Department of Corrections documents, Resource Center files, investigative files, audiovisual materials, and some electronic records.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Title
Center for Death Penalty Litigation records, 1969-2006 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
51 Linear Feet, 38,250 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The records of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) span the years 1969-2006, and contain the Center's case files for fourteen inmates on North Carolina’s death row during the same period: Robert Bacon Jr., David Junior Brown, Frederick Camacho, Willie Ervin Fisher, Harvey Lee Green Jr., Zane Hill, David Earl Huffstetler, Joseph Timothy Keel (the largest case file at 26 boxes), Gary Wayne Long, James Lewis Martin Jr., Elton Ozell McLaughlin, Phillip Thomas Robbins Jr., Steve Van McHone, and Norris Carlton Taylor, as well as limited files on other inmates. The Center for Death Penalty Litigation's work often involves the investigation of racism and the judicial process, and the treatment of the mentally retarded charged with crimes in North Carolina. Case files typically include some combination of transcripts, affidavits, attorney notes, clemency requests, petitions, pleadings, correspondence, motions, investigative files, Department of Corrections documents, photographs, audiovisual materials, Resource Center files, and in some cases, electronic files. The case files are arranged in alphabetical order by the defendant's last name. Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive at Duke University.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Case files are arranged in alphabetical order by defendant's last name: Robert Bacon Jr., David Junior Brown, Frederick Camacho, Willie Ervin Fisher, Harvey Lee Green Jr., Zane Hill, David Earl Huffstetler, Joseph Timothy Keel (the largest case file at 26 boxes), Gary Wayne Long, James Lewis Martin Jr., Elton Ozell McLaughlin, and Phillip Thomas Robbins Jr.. They typically include some combination of transcripts, affidavits, attorney notes, investigative files, clemency requests, audiovisual materials, petitions, pleadings, testimony (including medical, legal, and eyewitness), correspondence, motions, photographs, Resource Center files, and some electronic records. Each individual's case history is described at beginning of the corresponding file grouping. The majority of the case files consist of 5-9 boxes of materials. The smallest case files at two boxes each are for Camacho and Robbins; the largest are those of Keel and McLaughlin, at 26 and 20 boxes respectively. Folder titles below are original titles as supplied by CDPL staff, and the original order of the files within each case group has been retained. The contents of electronic files have been migrated to a library server; please contact a reference archivist to use this material.

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(Definitions taken from law.com website.)

  • Affidavit: any written document in which the signer swears under oath before a notary public or someone authorized to take oaths (like a County Clerk), that the statements in the document are true.
  • Appellant: the party who appeals a trial court decision he/she/it has lost.
  • Appellee: in some jurisdictions the name used for the party who has won at the trial court level, but the loser (appellant) has appealed the decision to a higher court. Thus the appellee has to file a response to the legal brief filed by the appellant. In many jurisdictions the appellee is called the "respondent."
  • Certiorari: a writ (order) of a higher court to a lower court to send all the documents in a case to it so the higher court can review the lower court's decision. Certiorari is most commonly used by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is selective about which cases it will hear on appeal.
  • En banc: signifies a decision by the full court of all the appeals judges in jurisdictions where there is more than one three- or four-judge panel. The larger number sit in judgment when the court feels there is a particularly significant issue at stake or when requested by one or both parties to the case and agreed to by the court.
  • Habeas corpus: writ (court order) which directs the law enforcement officials (prison administrators, police or sheriff) who have custody of a prisoner to appear in court with the prisoner to help the judge determine whether the prisoner is lawfully in prison or jail.
  • In forma pauperis: referring to a party to a lawsuit who gets filing fees waived by filing a declaration of lack of funds (has no money to pay).
  • Mandamus: a writ (more modernly called a "writ of mandate") which orders a public agency or governmental body to perform an act required by law when it has neglected or refused to do so.
  • Motion of appropriate relief: relief is a generic term for all types of benefits which an order or judgment of court can give a party to a lawsuit, including money award, injunction, return of property, property title, alimony and dozens of other possibilities.
  • Motion of summary judgment: a written request for a judgment in the moving party's favor before a lawsuit goes to trial and based on testimony recorded outside court, affidavits (declarations under penalty of perjury), depositions, admissions of fact and/or answers to written interrogatories, claiming that all factual and legal issues can be decided in the moving party's favor.
  • Subpoena: a court order requiring a witness to bring documents in the possession or under the control of the witness to a certain place at a certain time. This subpena must be served personally on the person subpenaed. It is a common way to obtain potentially useful evidence, such as documents and business records, in the possession of a third party.

Robert Bacon Jr. and Bonnie Clark were charged with first-degree murder for the killing of Clark's husband. Bacon, an African American male, had been dating and living together with Bonnie Clark, a white female. At trial, Bacon received the death penalty from an all-white jury while Clark was sentenced to life in prison. The jury had discussed Bacon's romantic involvement with a white woman in deciding Bacon's sentencing. In 1999, a federal district court judge held a hearing and ruled that Bacon's lawyers had improperly prepared for his defense. After many hearings and reversals, Bacon's execution was set for October 2001. N.C. Governor Michael Easley granted Bacon clemency on October 5, 2001 and Bacon was sentenced to life in prison. This case file includes videos relating to Bacon's sentencing and clemency plea.

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Responses to state motions
Box 1
Order for evidentiary hearing - 5/29/1999
Box 1
Evidentiary hearing transcript - 6/21/1999
Box 1
Petition's response to motion summary judgment - 2/18/1998
Box 1
Order granting writ - 9/17/99
Box 1
Petitioner's letter to N.C. Department of Justice - 10/4/1999
Box 1
Petitioner's supplementary memo, 5/8/2000
Box 1
En banc petition, denied 9/26/2000
Box 1
Supplemental brief
Box 1
Answering brief
Box 1
Bacon v. Lee
Box 1
Motions and sentencing documents
Box 1
Bacon
Box 1
Family
Box 1
Correspondence
Box 1
Interviews
(3 folders)
Box 2
State summary judgment denial
Box 2
Petition for writ of habeas corpus
Box 2
Exhibits for writ of habeas corpus
Box 2
Transcripts
Box 2
U.S. Supreme Court files
Box 2
U.S. Court of Appeals
(2 folders)
Box 2
Race and dealth penalty in N.C. study, 1993-1997
Box 2
Bacon's Department of Corrections file
Box 2
Mental health records
Box 2
Medical records and social history
Box 2
High school records
Box 2
Prison medical files
(5 folders)
Box 3
District attorney's notes
Box 3
Notes
(2 folders)
Box 3
Defense notes
Box 3
Pecuniary gain
Box 3
Evidence of other trial
Box 3
Filed motions
Box 3
Notes
Box 4
Correspondence
Box 4
Jury acknowledgment
Box 4
Watson motion, letter of 10/23/1990, Merritt and case
Box 4
Testimony

These files contain testimony of 43 individuals, including witnesses, doctors, family members, and friends.

Box 4
Transcript (1275-1375)
Box 4
Trial summary
Box 4
Transcript summaries - motions, open/close of trial
Box 5
Andrews and Coxe
Box 5
Merritt
(2 folders)
Box 5
Motions
Box 5
State's evidence
(2 folders)
Box 5
Jury charge and verdict
Box 5
Trial transcript - volume II
Box 5
Volume II
Box 6
Volume III
(3 folders)
Box 6
Volume IV (incomplete)
(2 folders)
Box 6
2008-0117-Disk 002 American Radioworks Documentary: Deadly Decisions

[Contents of disk have been migrated to the library server. Please contact a reference archivist for access.]

Box 6
Correspondence
Box 6
Victim's family
Box 6
Execution date change - 9/11/2001
Box 6
Minister support for Bacon
Box 7
Motions
Box 7
Fourth Circuit Press
Box 7
Correspondence
(2 folders)
Box 7
Newspaper articles
Box 7
Bonnie Clark - possible exhibits
Box 7
Exhibits
Box 7
Jury investigations
Box 7
Black caucus
Box 7
Package to Governor Easley - 5/11/2001
Box 7
Dissenting juror affidavit
Box 7
Supplemental materials for Gov.
Box 7
Bacon support from Massachusetts legislator
Box 7
Bacon supporter documents
(2 folders)
Box 7
Clemency
Box 7
International law IACHR
(2 folders)
Box 7
Supreme Court documents
Box 8
Stay of execution - 5/17/2001
Box 8
Bonnie Clark - supreme court
Box 8
Bacon I
Box 8
Bacon II
Box 8
Court's decision - 8/30/2000
Box 8
Motions
Box 8
Mental health documents
Box 8
Petition for clemency
Box 8
Commutation order
Box 8
Support for Bacon
(2 folders)
Box 8
Press
(2 folders)
Box 8
N.C. Supreme Court - Bacon I and Bonnie Clark
Box 8
Bonnie Clark
Box 8
Testimony files

These files contain testimony of 23 individuals, including witnesses, doctors, family members, and friends.

Box 9
Opening statements - Andrews and Coxe
Box 9
Supreme Court file
(2 folders)
Box 9
Office of Appellate Defender files
Box 9
Jury questionnaire
Box 9
Volume II
Box 9
Volume III
Box 9
Volume IV
Box 10
Volume V
Box 10
Volume VIII
Box 10
Volume X
Box 10
Additional brief
Box 10
Defendant - appellant's brief
Box 10
Submission - 3/7/1989
Box 10
Bonnie Clark
Box 10
North Carolina v. Bonnie Clark
(2 folders)
Box 10
Notes on jury selection
Box 11
Closing
Box 11
N.C. Supreme Court - North Carolina v. Robert Bacon, Jr.
Box 11
2008-0117-Video 001 Bacon Clemency Video Answer Print
Box 12
2008-0117-Video 002 Bacon Clemency Video, Burncode dub of interview master
Box 12
2008-0117-Video 003 Bacon Clemency Video, Burncode dub of interview master
Box 12
2008-0117-Video 004 #2 Sentencing Bacon
Box 12

David Junior Brown was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death in 1980. At trial, Brown's lawyers attacked the weaknesses in the State's evidence relating to the police investigation and the time of death. Fourteen years after Brown was sentenced to death, the State disclosed that the prosecutor had hidden evidence of innocence from defense counsel; a witness had seen the victims alive at a time that made it virtually impossible for Brown to have committed the crime. At the point at which the State disclosed the exculpatory evidence, Brown's case was in federal court. The federal courts ruled that Brown could not meet the standard for entitlement to habeas relief, and Brown was executed in November 1999.

State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) lab work
(2 folders)
Box 11
SBI general files
(2 folders)
Box 11
SBI personal files
Box 11
SBI personal files
Box 13
Brown's supplementary discovery
(4 folders)
Box 13
SBI official reports
Box 13
Brown articles
Box 13
Union County documents
Box 13
Union County documents
Box 14
Record on appeal
Box 14
Appendix to writ of habeas corpus
Box 14
Appendix to state's brief
(2 folders)
Box 14
Appendices C and D
(2 folders)
Box 14
Jury investigation
Box 14
Asheville files
(2 folders)
Box 14
Asheville 8/5/1996
Box 15
Appendix C and D
Box 15
Volumes I-III
Box 15
Volumes IV-V
(2 folders)
Box 15
Volumes VI-VII
Box 15
Volume VIII
Box 16
Volumes VIII-IX
Box 16
SBI files
(5 folders)
Box 16
SBI files
Box 17
Discovery material from district attorney, 4/11/1995
(3 folders)
Box 17
Investigation photos
(2 folders)
Box 17
Crime scene photos
(2 folders)
Box 17
Information
Box 17
Manuals, photos, and reports
Box 17
Evidence - documents and photos
Box 18
Interviews
(2 folders)
Box 18
Names and addresses
Box 18
Interview notes
Box 18
Original trial transcript, volumes VI-VII
Box 18
Correspondence
(2 folders)
Box 18
Brief of appellee
Box 18
Evidence
Box 18
Discovery files
Box 19
Crime scene evidence
Box 19
Photos and notes
Box 19
Interviews
Box 19
District attorney's files
(2 folders)
Box 19
Brown v. James French, Judge Cogburn 8/5/1996
Box 19
Brown v. James French, Judge Cogburn 8/5/1996
(3 folders)
Box 20
Post-conviction correspondence, 1997-1999
Box 20
Exhibits
Box 20
SBI photos, crime scene before and after
Box 20
Pinehurst police department, Don Davis investigation
Box 20
Writ of certiorari and motion for appropriate relief
Box 21
Press and appeals
Box 21
Supreme Court documents and uncategorized
Box 21
U.S Court of Appeals documents
Box 21
Supplemental discovery
(4 folders)
Box 21
Supplemental discovery
(8 folders)
Box 22
Fourth Circuit filings, 11/21/1988; 1/17/1989; 2/17/1989
Box 22

Fred Camacho was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Mecklenburg County. The North Carolina Supreme Court reversed his conviction and sentence because of the failure of trial to instruct the jury on the lesser-included offense of second-degree murder. The prosecution and Camacho entered a plea bargain agreement following the reversal, resulting in a sentence less than death.

Statement of the facts
Box 23
Exhibits
(2 folders)
Box 23
Pretrial motions
(2 folders)
Box 23
Hearing on motion to strike death penalty
(3 folders)
Box 23
Second trial guilty plea
Box 23
Exhibits in support of motion to strike death penalty
Box 23
Exhibits in support of motion to strike death penalty
(4 folders)
Box 24

Willie Fisher was charged with the April 1992 murder of his girlfriend. Fisher's attorney did not prepare for the trial adequately and neglected mental health and social history mitigating evidence. His attorney was disbarred mid-trial and Fisher was appointed a new lawyer who did not file a brief before the court's ruling. Fisher, an African American, was sentenced to death by a jury of 11 whites and one African American and was executed on March 9, 2001.

Brief of appellant
Box 24
Reply brief of appellant
Box 24
Brief of appellee
Box 24
Appendix - volume I
Box 24
Appendix - volume II
Box 24
Appendix - volume III
Box 25
Appendix to defendant's motion for appropriate relief
Box 25
Briefs
Box 25
State answer to motion of appriopriate relief
Box 25
Respondent's answer to writ of habeas corpus
Box 25
Motion of appropriate relief (MAR)
Box 25
Fisher background information (digest)
Box 25
Final order
Box 25
Affidavits
Box 25
Petitioner response to state's motion for summary judgment
Box 25
State's pre-hearing motions
Box 25
Fisher's statements
Box 25
Dr. Matthew, psychiatrist
Box 25
Recommendation of U.S. magistrate judge
Box 25
Court's order regarding attorney/client waiver
Box 25
Appointment motions - federal court
Box 25
Correspondence with LEX group
Box 25
Federal district court judgment
Box 25
Post-hearing proposed orders
Box 26
Defendant response to summary judgment and motion for appropriate relief (MAR)
Box 26
Writ of Certiorari
Box 26
N.C. Supreme Court - briefs
Box 26
Petition for clemency
Box 26
Volume II
Box 26
Volume III
Box 26
Exhibits from evidentiary hearing
Box 26
Petition for rehearing
Box 26
Petition for writ of certiorari matters
Box 26
Fourth Circuit orders
Box 26
N.C. Supreme Court orders
Box 26
Appendix litigation
Box 26
Abeyance motion
Box 26
Tamer consent order of discipline
Box 26
Habeas petition
Box 26
Reasons for granting writ
Box 27
Application for certificate of appealability
Box 27
U.S. Supreme Court docs
Box 27
Evidence
Box 27
Transcript of evidentiary hearing
(3 folders)
Box 27
Motion to reconsider denial of motion for appropriate relief
Box 27
Petition for writ of certiorari information
Box 27
Post oral argument developments
Box 27
Petitioner's objection to magistrate order
Box 27
Social history
Box 27
Writ of habeas corpus documents
Box 27
U.S. Fourth Circuit brief and reply
Box 27
Press
Box 27
Appendix to motion for appropriate relief
(2 folders)
Box 28
Transcript of evidentiary hearing
(2 folders)
Box 28
Memorandum opinion and final order
Box 28
State bar v. David F. Tamer
(2 folders)
Box 28
Volume I
(3 folders)
Box 28
Volume II
(2 folders)
Box 29
Volume III
(3 folders)
Box 29
Volume IV
Box 29

Harvey Lee Green, Jr. was charged with two counts of murder for the 1983 killings of a Bethel, North Carolina store clerk and customer. Green was sentenced to death, but the North Carolina Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing because jurors were prevented from considering mitigating evidence. Green was resentenced to death in 1992 and, after a series of failed appeals relating to the exclusion of African Americans on the jury, was executed on September 24, 1999.

Jurors excused/deferred
Box 29
Jury instructions
Box 29
Jury questionnaire
Box 29
Jury questionnaire
(3 folders)
Box 30
Jury list and selection
Box 30
Expense sheet
Box 30
Crime scene photo
Box 30
State Bureau of Investigation lab report
Box 30
Defendant's exhibits
Box 30
Witnesses
Box 30
Interviews
(3 folders)
Box 30
Defendant's statements
Box 30
Conference notes - client
Box 30
Autopsy
(2 folders)
Box 30
Psychological/psychiatric evaluation
Box 30
Miscellaneous records
Box 30
Military records
Box 30
Defendant's releases to attorney
Box 30
Motions
Box 30
Motions
(2 folders)
Box 31
Case law
(2 folders)
Box 31
Case notes and supplement
Box 31
Newspaper articles
Box 31
State's exhibits
Box 31
Research notes
Box 31
Draft of motion 15
Box 31
Subpoenas
Box 31
State's case
Box 31
Chargeable time slips
Box 31
Attorney to-do lists
Box 31
Opening/closing arguments
Box 31
Department of Corrections files
(2 folders)
Box 31
Appellate defender conferences
Box 31
School records
(2 folders)
Box 31
Social history
Box 31
Fort Leavenworth records
Box 31
Army records
Box 31
Individuals
(6 folders)
Box 31
Individuals
Box 32
Community leaders
Box 32
Harvey Lee Green, Jr.
Box 32
Friends
Box 32
Family
Box 32
Pitt County defense attorneys
Box 32
Summary of records
Box 32
Prior psychological evaluations
Box 32
Releases
Box 32
Prison achievements
Box 32
Green's autobiographical statement
Box 32
Judge's order denying relief
Box 32
Federal discovery request - 11/6/1996
Box 32
Motion to N.C. Supreme Court to extend time - 6/26/1996
Box 32
State's memo and opposition to extend time
Box 32
N.C. Supreme Court denial of time extension
Box 32
Order setting execution date - 7/5/1996
Box 32
Correspondence - execution date
Box 32
Petition for NCSC writ of certiorari - 7/12/1996
Box 32
State motion to dismiss writ - 7/23/1996
Box 32
NCSC orders - 7/31/1996
Box 32
Pre-MAR funding pleadings
(2 folders)
Box 32
Greenville news
Box 32
News clippings - 1983 to 1992
Box 32
Correspondence
(3 folders)
Box 32
Contact list
Box 32
Calendars from Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
Box 33
Court martial
Box 33
Miscellaneous trial notes
Box 33
Defendant's exhibits
Box 33
Department of Corrections files
Box 33
Educational records
Box 33
Letters from Green
Box 33
Autopsy photographs
Box 33
Fees and expenses
Box 33
Conference with Tye
Box 33
Harvey Lee Green, Jr.
Box 33
Witnesses
Box 33
Pitt County voter breakouts
Box 33
Correspondence
Box 33
Affidavits and records
(2 folders)
Box 33
Jury information
(2 folders)
Box 33
Jury research
Box 33
Summaries of cases
Box 33
Final copy of exhibits
Box 33
SBI lab reports
Box 33
Investigator's statement
Box 33
Pitt County district attorney's staff
Box 33
State v. Trent
Box 33
State v. Plowden
Box 33
State v. Newton
Box 33
State v. Walks
Box 33
State v. Mewborn
Box 33
State v. Adams
Box 33
State v. Warren
Box 33
State v. Forbes
Box 34
State v. Bazemore
Box 34
State v. Sneed
Box 34
Fletcher Hagan murder
Box 34
Braswell case clippings
Box 34
State v. Parker clippings
Box 34
Newspaper searches
Box 34
Batson litigation investigation
Box 34
Dwayne Smith
Box 34
Transcript - 7/24/1987
Box 34
N.C. Supreme Court record on appeal
Box 34
N.C. Supreme Court motion submissions
Box 34
Transcript - 5/8/1989 and 7/24/1989
(2 folders)
Box 34
McCleskey - Pitt County homicide case
Box 34
McCleskey - summary of homicide data
Box 34
Case law summaries
Box 34
Juror notes
Box 34
Pitt County jury information
Box 34
Pitt County jury information
Box 35
Pitt County population information
Box 35
Affidavits
(2 folders)
Box 35
Jury selection and composition
Box 35
Jury documents
Box 35
Pitt County voter breakouts
Box 35
State v. Moore
(2 folders)
Box 35
State v. Braswell
(2 folders)
Box 35
State v. Parker
(2 folders)
Box 35
State v. C.J. Jones
Box 35
State v. Thomas
Box 35
State v. Hardy
(2 folders)
Box 35
Notice and order
Box 35
N.C. Supreme Court second addendum to record
Box 35
Transcript digest
Box 35
Motion for appropriate relief
Box 35
Defendant's statements
Box 35
State's response to writs
Box 35
N.C. Supreme Court documents
Box 35
U.S. Supreme Court documents
Box 35
Petition for writ of habeas corpus
Box 35
Exhibits
(2 folders)
Box 35
N.C. Supreme Court - defendant's brief
Box 36
N.C. Supreme Court - supplemental brief
Box 36
Order for date of execution - 8/1999
Box 36
Clemency
Box 36
Affidavits
Box 36
U.S. Circuit Court joint appendix
(2 folders)
Box 36
September 1999 appeals
(3 folders)
Box 36
U.S. Supreme Court - 9/1999
Box 36
Transcript excerpts
Box 36
Second motion for appropriate relief
(3 folders)
Box 37
State court discovery litigation
(3 folders)
Box 37
Fourth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court
(3 folders)
Box 37

Zane Hill was convicted of the January 1990 first-degree murder of his son. Hill's lawyers argued that he was acting in self-defense and that the victim was wielding a pistol. Hill was sentenced to death and was executed on August 14, 1998.

Transcript - sentencing
Box 38
Medical records
(9 folders)
Box 38
State's exhibits
Box 38
Information
Box 38
Printouts
(4 folders)
Box 38
Curtis Hill
Box 38
Burglary and assault - 11/8/1989
Box 38
Arrest warrant - 1/1/1990
Box 38
Interview summaries - law-related professionals
Box 38
Medical releases
Box 38
Superior court documents
Box 38
Court order regarding motion for appropriate relief
Box 38
School records
Box 38
Attorney-client motion
Box 38
Motion for appropriate relief
Box 38
Motion for appropriate relief court file
Box 38
McDowall's notes: murder
Box 38
Discovery from state
Box 38
Motions
Box 38
Defendant's sister
(2 folders)
Box 39
Medical records
Box 39
Correspondence and releases
Box 39
Burglary - 11/29/1990
Box 39
Divorce - 1987
Box 39
Wrongful death - Randall Zane Hill
Box 39
Murder documents
Box 39
Kidnapping - 1/1/1990
Box 39
Kidnapping indictment - 1/1/1990
Box 39
Verdict templates
Box 39
Character witnesses
Box 39
Subpoenas
Box 39
Motion for stay of execution - 7/10/1995
Box 39
Transcript - 9/27/1990
Box 39
Motion for appropriate relief - 3/2/1994
Box 39
State's answer to writ of habeas corpus
Box 39
Administrative Office of the Courts memo on attorney fees
Box 39
N.C. Supreme Court (NCSC) denial of writ of certiorari, 7/3/1995
Box 39
Stay motion and NCSC documents, 7/1995
Box 39
Stay orders - Judge Mullen
Box 39
Trial transcript, 8/26/1994 - volume II
(2 folders)
Box 39
Notes
Box 40
Writ of certiorari
Box 40
Opposition brief and reply - 1/1993
Box 40
Briefs
Box 40
Order dismissing writ of habeas corpus - 3/31/1997
Box 40
Transcript - 9/19/1991
(2 folders)
Box 40
Transcript errors and statement of case
Box 40
Affidavit of indigency
Box 40
Voluntary discovery and Brady v. Maryland
Box 40
Warrant for arrest - 12/20/1989
Box 40
Commitment petitions
Box 40
Direct/cross notes
Box 40
Issues and recommendations as to punishment
Box 40
Case law
Box 40
Interview forms (jail)
Box 40
Closing form
Box 40
Transcript of plea
Box 40
Appearance bond
Box 40
Release orders
Box 40
SBI final disposition report
Box 40
Trial court file
Box 40
Haywood County Hospital
Box 40
Memorial Mission Hospital
Box 40
Notes
Box 40
Orders
(2 folders)
Box 40
Petition for writ of habeas corpus
Box 40
Respondent support for answer re: writ of habeas corpus and motion summary judgment
Box 41
Defendant's exhibits
(2 folders)
Box 41
Brief for state
Box 41
Exhibits
(2 folders)
Box 41
Trial transcript
(2 folders)
Box 41
Trial transcript
Box 42
Transcript - 9/27/1990
Box 42
2008-0117-Disk 001: Motions

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Box 42

David Earl Huffstetler was convicted by a jury in Gaston County, North Carolina, for the first degree murder of his mother-in-law. Huffstetler had medical issues, many of which were deemed terminal by his physicians. He completed his first set of appeals through the state and federal courts, and filed a successor state motion for appropriate relief that was pending at the time of his natural death on September 15, 1995. Huffstetler's case file includes dozens of documentary videos.

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Motion for appropriate relief (MAR) transcript
(2 folders)
Box 42
Trial transcript
(4 folders)
Box 42
N.C. Superior Court motion for appropriate relief
Box 42
Family photos
(2 folders)
Box 43
Personal correspondence
Box 43
Amended MAR
Box 43
Background information
Box 43
Will and medical records
Box 43
N.C. Superior Court transcript
(2 folders)
Box 43
Brief of appellees
Box 43
Brief of appellant
Box 43
Motion for appropriate relief and amendments
Box 43
Order - motion for appropriate relief
Box 43
Petition for writ of habeas corpus
Box 43
Appendix to writ of habeas corpus
Box 44
Judgment - writ of habeas corpus and motion summary judgment
Box 44
Oral argument
Box 44
Transcript - motion summary judgment
Box 44
Assorted legal documents
(2 folders)
Box 44
2008-0117-Disk 004: David Earl Huffstetler data

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2008-0117-Video 005: #4 Window Dub, TRT 57:00, TC hr 6
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2008-0117-Video 006: #1 Window Dub, TRT 1:41, TC hrs 1,2
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2008-0117-Video 007: #7 Window Dub, TRT :29 min, TC hr 10
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2008-0117-Video 008: Legal Soundbite Bundle
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2008-0117-Video 009: #5 Window Dub, TRT 1:52, TC hrs 7,8
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2008-0117-Video 010: #7 Window Dub, TRT :29 min, TC hr 10
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2008-0117-Video 011: #2 Window Dub, TRT 1:37, TC hrs 3,4
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2008-0117-Video 012: #3 Window Dub, TRT :38 min, TC hr 5
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2008-0117-Video 013: #6 Window Dub, TRT :21 min, TC hr 6
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2008-0117-Video 014: Legal Soundbite Bundle (Betacam)
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2008-0117-Video 015: Family History Bundle (Betacam)
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2008-0117-Video 016: Legal Soundbite Bundle
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2008-0117-Video 017: Legal Soundbite Bundle
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2008-0117-Video 018: Tape 1 Window Burn
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2008-0117-Video 019: Tape 2 Window Burn
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2008-0117-Video 020: Tape 3 Window Burn
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2008-0117-Video 021: #5 Window Dub TRT 1:52, TC hrs 7,8
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2008-0117-Video 022: Tape 2 Window Burn
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2008-0117-Video 023: #3 Window Dub TRT :38, TC hr 5
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2008-0117-Video 024: Legal Soundbite Bundle
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2008-0117-Video 025: Edit Master-Huffstetler Family History Bundle (BetacamSP)
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2008-0117-Video 026: Edit Master-Clemency Tape (BetacamSP)
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2008-0117-Video 027: Legal Soundbite Master (BetacamSP)
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Timothy Keel was convicted of the July 1990 first-degree murder of his father-in-law. Keel received the death penalty in part because of his previous conviction for the involuntary manslaughter of his infant son. Keel was mentally retarded and had brain damage. The defense argued that the full extent of Keel's mental issues was not presented to the jury. After a series of appeals and reversals, Timothy Keel was executed on November 7, 2003. At 26 boxes, this case file is the largest in this collection and includes extensive information regarding Keel's mental health.

Motions and jury selection, volume I
(2 folders)
Box 47
Motions and jury selection, volume II
Box 47
Motion for imposition of life sentence, 1/31/2002
Box 47
Motion for appropriate relief (MAR), 1995
Box 47
Petition for writ of ceriorari, 3/28/2003
Box 47
Proportionality argument
Box 47
Affidavit from juror (incomplete)
Box 47
Governor correspondence, 10/16/2003
Box 47
United States Supreme Court (USSC) draft
Box 47
Department of Corrections (DOC) releases
Box 47
Summerlin v. Stewart
Box 47
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals successive cases
Box 47
Writ of certiorari and motion to stay execution, 7/26/1999
(2 folders)
Box 47
Case law
Box 47
Trial transcript - 3/15/1993, volume V
(2 folders)
Box 48
In forma pauperis draft
Box 48
1994 appellate brief
Box 48
MAR, 12/21/1995
Box 48
Affidavit of C.B.
Box 48
Order from USSC, 8/21/2003
Box 48
Letter from C.W. re: destroyed files, 11/8/2002
Box 48
Affidavit of C.W.
Box 48
MAR, 1/31/2002
Box 48
GED test
Box 48
USSC - habeas corpus and stay of execution, 11/6/2003
Box 48
State responses to habeas corpus and writ of certiorari
Box 48
Case law
(2 folders)
Box 48
Writ of certiorari, 11/2003
Box 48
Respondent support of answer to habeas corpus and motion summary judgment, 2/15/1996
Box 49
Press
Box 49
USSC docs, 11/6/2003
Box 49
Motion to file successive habeas corpus petitions, 10/13/2003
Box 49
Writ of habeas corpus and state's response, 10-11/2003
Box 49
Jury notes and interviews, 2003
Box 49
Clemency, 2003
(2 folders)
Box 49
MAR docs, 11/2003
Box 49
N.C. Lawyer's Weekly, 9/29/2003
Box 49
Photographs
Box 49
Expert witness fee documents
Box 49
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) file
Box 49
Witness statements
Box 49
Exhibits
(2 folders)
Box 49
SBI lab reports
Box 50
Exhibits
(5 folders)
Box 50
SBI report, attachment 7
Box 50
Transcript digest
Box 50
State v. Amy Keel
Box 51
Witness statements
Box 51
Evidence
Box 51
Keel's polygraph, 9/2001
Box 51
Requests for files, 11/2001
Box 51
Amy Keel interview notes
Box 51
Defendant's life and biography
Box 51
Victor Keel medical records
Box 51
The players, 7/1995
Box 51
Press
Box 51
Trial transcript, 12/1986
Box 51
Potential interview list
Box 51
Interview summaries, 1995
Box 51
Interview summaries - family members, 1995
Box 51
Amy Keel's statements
Box 51
Interviews with E.M. and D.K.
Box 51
Interview summaries - trial/appellate counsel
Box 51
K. H. file
Box 51
Summary of attorney's files
Box 51
C. W. notes
Box 51
Victor Matthew Keel
Box 51
State v. Keel, 1986-1987
Box 52
Psychologist/neuropsychologist
Box 52
Interview with family
Box 52
Newspapers
Box 52
DOC records
Box 52
Catalogues of documents
Box 52
Older correspondence
Box 52
Criminal record check
Box 52
Prior convictions
Box 52
DNA
Box 52
Witness list
Box 52
Victor Matthew Keel - medical examiner's report
Box 52
Motion for life sentence
Box 52
Petition for writ of certiorari
Box 52
DOC health files
Box 52
Court documents
(2 folders)
Box 52
Mental retardation law
Box 52
Beta test information
Box 52
Dr.'s testimony
Box 52
Neuropsych evaluation
Box 52
Psych evaluation
Box 52
Doctor's file
Box 52
USSC - appendix to petition for writ of certiorari, volume II
Box 53
Doctor's file
Box 53
Court documents - Victor Matthew Keel case
(2 folders)
Box 53
Daily Southerner, 1987-1991
Box 53
Keel file index
Box 53
MAR, 12/21/1995
Box 53
Attorney's notes
Box 53
Transcript digest
Box 53
Memoranda
Box 53
Sentencing
Box 53
Sentencing transcript, 10/30/1995
Box 53
Correspondence - trial counsel
Box 53
Order procedurally barring MAR, 1/18/1996
Box 53
Petitioner's 4th circuit brief
Box 53
North Carolina Supreme Court (NCSC) State v. Keel, 12/1992
Box 53
State's response to habeas petition
Box 53
Habeas petition, 1/29/1996
Box 53
NCSC petition for writ of certiorari
Box 53
Stay of execution order granted, 7/13/1995
Box 53
Judgment of death, 11/27/1995
Box 53
Cert petition and motion for stay of execution, 12/21/1995
Box 53
Motion for stay of execution - district court, 12/21/1995
Box 53
Order granting stay (draft), 12/1995
Box 53
State's response to motion for stay of execution, 12/22/1995
Box 53
Motion for clarification of order, 1/17/1996
Box 53
State's motion to procedurally bar MAR, 1/3/1996
Box 53
Appointment of counsel
Box 53
Keel's releases
Box 53
Orders re: stays
Box 54
NCSC brief for state, 2/7/1994
Box 54
NCSC record on appeal, 10/20/1993
Box 54
NCSC defendant/appellant brief
Box 54
USSC petition for writ of certiorari, 1/27/1995
Box 54
USSC petition for writ of certiorari, 2/1/1995
Box 54
USSC extension for writ, 12/1/1994
Box 54
USSC extension of time
Box 54
Order setting date of execution, 6/24/1999
Box 54
Motion requesting NCSC relief, 7/16/1999
Box 54
Order denying relief, 7/1999
Box 54
DOC file
Box 54
Jury selections
Box 54
Pre-trial motions
Box 54
Sample opening statements
Box 54
Defendant's cross
Box 54
Charge to jury
Box 54
Newspaper clippings
(2 folders)
Box 54
Case law
Box 54
Biographical information
Box 54
Motion to continue, 1991
Box 55
Pre-trial motions, 1991
Box 55
Request for discovery, 1991
Box 55
NCSC ruling, 1992
Box 55
NCSC state brief, 9/2/1992
Box 55
Motions, 1993
(2 folders)
Box 55
NCSC ruling, 1994
Box 55
NCSC brief for state, 1994
Box 55
Issues and recommendations, 1993
Box 55
USSC application for extension of time, 12/1994
Box 55
NCSC certiorari petition, 1994
Box 55
Motion for appointment of counsel, 1995
Box 55
NCSC order dismissing petition for supersedeas, 1995
Box 55
Stay of execution, 1995
Box 55
Samples - federal appeals on habeas corpus
Box 55
Petition for certiorari/supersedeas and motion for stay of execution, 1995
Box 55
Motion for stay of execution, 1995
Box 55
State's motion for summary judgment of petition for habeas corpus, 1996
Box 55
Affidavit in support of in forma pauperis, 1/29/1996
Box 55
USSC - state's response to defendant's petition for certiorari, 1/9/1996
Box 55
Order denying motion for clarification, 1996
Box 55
NCSC orders denying certiorari petition, 12/27/1995
Box 55
Motion to suspend page limitation, 2/9/1996
Box 55
State's response to N.C. District Court petition for habeas corpus, 2/15/1996
Box 55
State's response to habeas petition
Box 55
Motion to extend time, 4/9/1996
Box 55
Order granting motion to extend time, 4/10/1996
Box 55
NCSC certiorari petition - writ of mandamus, 5/9/1996
Box 55
State's motion to give notice of exhaustion of all claims, 5/13/1996
Box 55
State's response to writ of certiorari and writ of mandamus, 5/13/1996
Box 55
Order denying writ of ceritorari and writ of mandamus, 7/30/1996
Box 55
Application to extend time to file USSC writ of certiorari, 10/16/1996
Box 55
Correspondence regarding USSC writ of certiorari, 1996-1997
Box 55
N.C. District Court petition for habeas corpus, 1996-1997
Box 55
State response to habeas appeal to USSC, 2/1996
Box 55
Attorney's motion to withdraw as counsel, 10/15/1996
Box 55
Records, 2002-2003
Box 55
State's motion to amend order, 12/1997
Box 56
N.C. District Court notice of appeal, 3/2/1998
Box 56
Appeal for certificate of probable cause, 5/14/1998
Box 56
Motion to file brief out of time, 4/1998
Box 56
Application for certificate of appealability and draft, 4/1998
Box 56
Petition for writ of certiorari, 1/2/1997
Box 56
Order for certificate of appealability, 4/30/1998
Box 56
4th Circuit appeal - state's brief, 5/8/1998
Box 56
Reply brief of defendant, 5/20/1998
Box 56
State's additional authority, 9/2/1998
Box 56
Habeas corpus petition and appeals files
Box 56
Motion for discovery - additional authority, 7/1998
Box 56
State's response to motion for discovery, 5/11/1998
Box 56
Notice of change of address, 12/4/1998
Box 56
Memorandum regarding additional authority, 8/1999
Box 56
Keel v. French chronology
Box 56
Motion for discovery, 5/1998
Box 56
Transcript of hearing, 9/3/1999
Box 56
Petition for writ of certiorari, 2/26/2003
Box 56
Memorandum opinion and final order, 1/27/2003
Box 56
Notice of appeal, 3/23/1987
Box 56
MAR, 4/6/1987
Box 56
Attorney fees, 1987 case
Box 56
1987 case court documents
Box 56
Motion for imposition of life sentence, 1/31/2002
Box 56
Legal correspondence, 1/2003
Box 56
Court response to motions, 10/16/2002
Box 56
Second motion to stay retardation hearing, 10/7/2002
Box 56
Petition for writ of certiorari, 3/28/2003
Box 56
Production of records correspondence
(2 folders)
Box 56
Affidavit of E.H.
Box 56
1987 transcript digest
Box 56
Authorization for expert witnesses
Box 57
Order appointing counsel, 12/12/2000
Box 57
4th Circuit oral argument notes
(2 folders)
Box 57
Transcript of Edgecombe County Court, 12/12/2000
Box 57
Transcript of Edgecombe County Court, 9/21/2001
Box 57
Ex parte motion to allow transportation, 7/1999
Box 57
Petition for writ of supersedeas and motion for temporary stay, 9/27/1999
Box 57
Memorandum of additional information to state's petition for writ of prohibition, 7/1999
(2 folders)
Box 57
NCSC order denying writ of certiorari, 8/19/1999
Box 57
Additional info to defendant's response to writ of prohibition, 8/2/1999
Box 57
Defendant's response to writ of prohibition, 8/1999
(2 folders)
Box 57
Order setting date of execution, 9/2/1999
Box 57
State's motion to vacate, 9/1/1999
(3 folders)
Box 57
DOC warden's reply to Keel's response, 9/6/1999
Box 57
State's motion for court to make findings of fact and conclusions of law, 9/20/1999
Box 57
Transcript of 9/22/1999
Box 57
Petition for writs of prohibition, mandus, certiorari, 9/27/1999
Box 57
Interview files
Box 58
Mental health documents
Box 58
Motion to stay, 10/3/2002
Box 58
Exhibits, 1999-2001
Box 58
Judgment and commitment, 1987
Box 58
Request for stay of execution, 7/26/1999
Box 58
Affidavit of JHF, 1986
Box 58
Judgment, 1986
Box 58
Notice of appeal, 1986
Box 58
Discovery, 1991
Box 58
Motion to support defendant's statements, 4/18/1991
Box 58
4th Circuit documents, 1998
Box 58
NCSC documents, 1999-2001
Box 58
State's bench brief, 12/12/2000
Box 58
Mental retardation documents
Box 58
DOC visitation information
Box 58
Correspondence, 2003
Box 58
Press, 1999
Box 58
Lift of stay of execution, 9/2003
Box 58
Transcript excerpts
Box 58
NCSC petition for writ of certiorari, 2/1995
Box 58
Clemency
Box 58
Writ of certiorari, 2003
Box 58
Exhibits
(2 folders)
Box 59
Issues - verdict
Box 59
State's answer to jury determination of death penalty, 9/10/2002
Box 59
Transcript, certified 8/30/2002
Box 59
State's answer to defendant's second MAR, 4/16/2002
Box 59
DOC file
Box 59
Memo opinion and final order, 1/27/2003
Box 59
Defense exhibits
Box 59
Defense exhibits and notes
(2 folders)
Box 59
Trial transcript - volume I, 10/7/2002
Box 59
DOC disciplinary records
Box 59
DOC files
Box 60
Defense exhibits
Box 60
Press clippings
Box 60
Correspondence
(5 folders)
Box 60
Correspondence
(4 folders)
Box 61
Medical records
(3 folders)
Box 61
Certified copies of judgment, 1986
Box 61
Discovery documents
Box 61
Pictures and certificates
Box 61
Photo of Keel family
Box 61
School records
Box 61
Medical records summaries
Box 61
United Nations correspondence
Box 61
Sallenger affidavit
Box 62
K.R. affidavit
Box 62
S.B. affidavit
Box 62
Medical records and notes
(2 folders)
Box 62
Mental health documents
Box 62
N.C. DOC medical records
Box 62
DOC psychiatric evaluation, 5/6/1987
Box 62
N.C. Division of Health records, 1984-1985
Box 62
Mental health exhibits
Box 62
Brain scans, 9/30/1999
Box 62
Mental retardation tests and notes
Box 62
Neuropsychological evaluation, 5/10/1991
Box 62
Transcript, 1/15/1996
Box 62
Motions for appropriate relief
Box 62
Motion to recuse or disqualify, 01/1996
Box 63
Petition for writ of habeas corpus, 10/2003
Box 63
Transcript, 12/8/1986
Box 63
Drafts and releases, 2003
Box 63
Mental retardation documents
Box 63
Mental health reference material
Box 63
Facts
Box 63
Trial transcript, 8/12/1991 - volume I
(2 folders)
Box 63
Trial transcript, 8/12/1991 - volume II
(2 folders)
Box 63
Trial transcript, 8/12/1991 - volume II
Box 64
Trial transcript, 8/12/1991 - volume III
Box 64
Trial transcript, 8/12/1991 - volume IV
Box 64
Record on appeal
Box 64
Transcript digest
Box 64
Transcript, 01/15/1996
Box 64
Annotated DSM-IV mental health manual
Box 64
Joint appendix files
(2 folders)
Box 64
Joint appendix files
(2 folders)
Box 65
Trial transcript, 10/7/2002 - volume II
Box 65
Petition for involuntary commitment, 11/27/1984
Box 65
Issues and recommendations as to punishment, 3/30/1993
Box 65
USSC appendix to writ of certiorari
Box 65
Attorney legal files
Box 65
Mental health records
Box 65
Published opinion, 1998
Box 65
Application for habeas corpus, 6/1999
Box 65
Proposed findings of fact, 9/1999
Box 65
Subpoenas for hearing in Wake Couty, 9/3/1999
Box 65
State's motion to lift stay, 6/1/2001
Box 65
Order granting discovery and setting deadline for claims, 10/11/2001
Box 65
Mitigating factors
(2 folders)
Box 65
Supplemental joint appendix, 12/1997
Box 66
Brief of petitioner, 4/1998
Box 66
Brief of appellee, 5/1998
Box 66
Brief of petitioner, 5/1998
Box 66
Evidence and verdicts
Box 66
NCSC state's response to petition for writ of certiorari
Box 66
Petition for writ of certiorari, 8/1999
Box 66
Motion for leave to proceed, 5/1999
Box 66
Flynn
Box 66
WRAT-3 testing, 1/8/2002
Box 66
Statements, 1990
Box 66
Psychologist file
Box 66
J.W. file
Box 66
Dr. file
Box 66
Evans Harrell
Box 66
Research
Box 66
Case law
Box 67
PET scan
Box 67
Medical records
(4 folders)
Box 67
DOC medical records
Box 67
Attorney files
(2 folders)
Box 67
Notes and correspondence
Box 68
Request for instructions - guilt/innocence phase
Box 68
Discovery, 1986
Box 68
Court documents
Box 68
Judgment and sentencing, 1991
Box 68
Research
Box 68
Attorney correspondence, 1993
Box 68
Attorney correspondence with defendant, 2/6/1993
Box 68
Correspondence with the state
Box 68
DOC medical documents
Box 68
Jury selection, 1991
Box 68
Letters to Sallenger
Box 68
Subpoenas
Box 68
Jury materials, 1993
Box 68
Investigative information - resources
Box 68
Notes
Box 68
Defendant affidavit, 10/15/1995
Box 68
Potential state witnesses
Box 68
Sample cases and statutes
Box 68
Petition for rehearing, 12/21/1998
Box 68
Decision on petition for rehearing
Box 68
Application for extension of time to file petition of certiorari, 10/1998
Box 68
Notice of caledaring
Box 68
Petition for certiorari/supersedeas, motion for stay of execution
Box 68
Published opinion - 4th Circuit, 12/1998
Box 68
Capital murder research
Box 68
Attorney notes - jurors
Box 68
Draft of MAR
Box 68
Jury selection - rehab questions
Box 68
Notes
Box 68
Recusal issue
Box 68
Research
Box 68
Drs. files
(2 folders)
Box 68
Research and notes
Box 68
CJA fee request paperwork
Box 68
Research regarding rules and procedures
Box 68
Post-conviction issues - CDPL seminar
Box 68
Death penalty contacts
Box 69
Notes, 3/18/1997
Box 69
DOC medical records
(5 folders)
Box 69
Motion to stay execution, 9/13/1999
Box 69
Motion to stay execution exhibits
Box 69
Mental health/ability files
(2 folders)
Box 69
Mental health evidence
(2 folders)
Box 70
Trial transcript, 12/11/1986
Box 70
Stay of execution motions - other defendants
Box 70
Attorney's notes
Box 70
Jury list, 1991
Box 70
Uncategorized notes
Box 70
Tarboro survey, 1993
Box 70
Orders
Box 70
Motions
Box 70
Attorney time sheets
Box 70
Request for mitigating factors
Box 70
Transcript digest
Box 70
Subpoenas
Box 70
List of exhibits
Box 70
Student work product
Box 70
USSC writ of certiorari, 10/2003
Box 70
Correspondence
Box 70
Affidavits
Box 70
Volume I
Box 71
Volume II
Box 71
Volume III
Box 71
Volume IV
(2 folders)
Box 71
Volume V
Box 71
Volume VI
Box 71
Volume VII
Box 71
Volume VIII
Box 71
Volume IX
Box 71
Press
Box 72
Orders
Box 72
Arrest and release documents
Box 72
Uncategorized trial transcripts
Box 72
2008-0117-Disk 007: Keel medical records

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Gary Long was indicted in February 1998 for the first-degree murder of his mother. Long was tried capitally and found guilty of first-degree murder on the basis of premeditation and deliberation. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended a sentence of death. Long's lawyers appealed the decision and on January 7, 2002 the North Carolina Supreme Court granted the defendant's request for a resentencing, citing absence of mitigating evidence at the initial trial. Long was resentenced to life in prison without parole on November 11, 2003.

2008-0117-Disk 008: Gary Wayne Long data, 10/2/2002
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2008-0117-Disk 003: Gary Wayne Long data

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Box 72
Copies of records
(2 folders)
Box 72
Medical and police records
Box 72
D. Grey's bill
Box 72
Expenses
Box 72
T. King, 1999
Box 72
P. Green
Box 72
Attorney
Box 72
Church of Holy Family (CHF)
Box 72
Client
Box 72
Sample pleadings
Box 72
Arrest report, 1998
Box 72
Case law summaries
Box 72
Telephone records, 1995-1998
Box 72
Jury questions
Box 72
Mitigation and consultation documents
Box 72
Request for mitigating circumstances
Box 72
Records/individuals consulted
Box 72
Dorothea Dix hospital, 5/4/1999
Box 72
Dorothea Dix reports, 1998-1999
Box 72
Notes from D. Grey
Box 72
DOC mental and medical health records
Box 72
DOC mental and medical health records
Box 73
Attorney notes
Box 73
Interviews
(7 folders)
Box 73
Contact list
Box 73
Crime scene report
Box 73
Interviews
(7 folders)
Box 73
North Carolina Supreme Court (NCSC) opinion
Box 73
Police reports
Box 73
T. Thompson
Box 73
Time of death information
Box 73
Dr. Wilson
Box 73
Long's biographical timeline
Box 73
Non-statutory mitigating factors
Box 73
Victim's medical records
(2 folders)
Box 73
Dr. Mason
Box 73
Jury instructions
Box 73
State discovery
Box 73
Mitigation
(2 folders)
Box 73
Health records
(12 folders)
Box 73
Rowan County involuntary commitment
Box 74
Chronological review of records
Box 74
Disability under Social Security Act
Box 74
Correspondence
Box 74
Defendant's releases
Box 74
Felony case report (Grey)
Box 74
School records
Box 74
Social history (Grey)
Box 74
Interviews
(14 folders)
Box 74
Long's timeline
Box 74
Employment
Box 74
Mitigation themes - first trial
Box 74
Client
Box 74
Client - pre-trial
Box 74
T. King
Box 74
Kannapolis police department
Box 74
Victim's family members
Box 74
State Bureau of Investigation (SBI)
Box 74
Trial attorneys
Box 74
Autopsy report
(2 folders)
Box 74
Defendant's genogram
Box 74
Medical files
(4 folders)
Box 74
MMPI data (defendant and victim)
(2 folders)
Box 74
Releases (Grey)
Box 74
Mitigating documents
Box 74
Department of Corrections (DOC) death row roster, 2002
Box 74
Rowan County probation records
Box 74
Salisbury Post clippings, 9/16/1999
Box 74
Crime scene report
Box 74
Defense witness list
Box 74
State's witness list
Box 74
District attorney's (DA) trial notes
Box 74
Evidence log
Box 74
DA's order of witnesses
Box 74
Jurors
Box 74
Ambulance report
Box 74
Priors
Box 74
Pre-trial court orders
Box 74
Rowan County Detention Center - inmate telephone numbers
Box 74
Salisbury ENT clinic
Box 74
Motions for expert funding
Box 74
Expert payments
Box 74
SBI lab reports
Box 74
King - billing records
Box 74
Victim's records
(4 folders)
Box 74
Kannapolis Police Department (KPD) files
(3 folders)
Box 74
Kannapolis Police Department (KPD) files
(2 folders)
Box 75
Doctors' files
(9 folders)
Box 75
List of KPD officers, 5/13/1999
Box 75
Interviews
(8 folders)
Box 75
Victim's death certificate
Box 75
Time of death
Box 75
Transfer order, 12/10/2002
Box 75
Transcript digest
Box 75
T. Thompson - trial counsel
Box 75
Motion to continue, 2002
Box 75
King - fee schedule (trial)
Box 75
Correspondence
(4 folders)
Box 75
Jurors
Box 75
Discovery motion, 2002
Box 75
Discovery order, 2002
Box 75
Defendant's criminal record
Box 75
Assault of female charge, 1997
Box 75
Statute of limitations
Box 75
Transfer motion, 10/31/2002
Box 75
State v. Hayes
Box 75
K. Rose - field notes
Box 75
Pro hac vice motion, 10/18/2002
Box 75
Pro hac vice order
Box 75
Preservation motion
Box 75
Motion for extension of time, 1/13/2003
Box 75
Assignment of counsel
(2 folders)
Box 75
Motion to transport for evaluation
Box 75
NCSC opinion - direct appeal, 12/18/2001
Box 75
Motion for appropriate relief (MAR)
Box 75
Testimony of Officer Ballard, 9/6/1999
Box 75
Defense opening statement, 9/6/1999
Box 75
Transcript I(a), 9/7/1999
Box 76
Transcript II, 9/6/1999
Box 76
Rule 24 hearing, 3/17/1998
Box 76
Arraignment, 4/8/1998
Box 76
Motion, 5/3/1999
Box 76
Motion, 8/20/1999
Box 76
Competency hearing, 9/2/1999
Box 76
Volume I, 9/7 through 9/10/1999
(3 folders)
Box 76
Trial notebook
(2 folders)
Box 76
Trial notebook uncategorized
Box 76
Trial notebook
Box 77
T. Thompson's files
(3 folders)
Box 77
Jury questionnaire
Box 77
Mitigation notebook #1 (Grey's)
(2 folders)
Box 77
Mitigation notebook #2
Box 77
Mitigation notebook #2
Box 78
Notebook on jury
Box 78
P. Green's files
(2 folders)
Box 78
Trial transcript - volume III, 9/14/1999
(2 folders)
Box 78
Excerpts from DA's argument
Box 78
Defense attorney's closing
Box 78
Uncategorized legal documents
Box 78

James Martin was tried and sentenced to death for a double murder in Montgomery County, Alabama. His capital-murder conviction and death sentence followed a trial proceeding in which the prosecution failed to disclose several pieces of material evidence. The Alabama Court of Appeals found that there was a reasonable probability that disclosure of the suppressed evidence would have produced a different result at Martin's trial. Martin subsequently pled guilty to two counts of murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Case law and research material
(4 folders)
Box 79
Case law
(4 folders)
Box 79
Case law
(5 folders)
Box 80
Hypnosis
(2 folders)
Box 80
Defendant's family background information
Box 80
Defendant's background information
Box 80
DHR health records
Box 80
Depositions and interviews
(11 folders)
Box 81
Circuit court documents
Box 81
Uncategorized legal documents
Box 81
Legal documents and case law
(2 folders)
Box 81
Pre-sentence report
Box 81
Transcript excerpts
(2 folders)
Box 81
Transcript excerpts
Box 82
Transcript - rule 24 hearing, 9/8/1998
(2 folders)
Box 82
2008-0117-Disk 005/Disk 006: Dr. Sultan documents
(2 disks)

[Contents of disk have been migrated to the library server. Please contact a reference archivist for access.]

Box 82
Reference materials
Box 82
Interviews
(17 folders)
Box 82
Synopsis of investigation
Box 82
Victim's impact report
Box 82
Case action summary
Box 82
Notes
Box 82
Supplementary offense report #85
Box 82
Offense and defendant details
Box 82
Suspects wanted for questioning
Box 82
Press
Box 82
Trial transcript - volume VIII, 5/29/1992
Box 82
Supplement to discovery
Box 82
Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) records
Box 83
Defendant's testing
Box 83
ADOC disciplinary records
Box 83
Attorney's notes
Box 83
ADOC documents
Box 83
Alabama Capital Reporter, 1993-1994
Box 83
Case law
Box 83
Interviews
Box 83
Correspondence
Box 83
Court documents
(3 folders)
Box 83
Court documents
Box 84
Deposition documents
Box 84
Motions
Box 84
Financial documents
Box 84

Elton McLaughlin and an accomplice, Eddie Carson Robinson, were sentenced to death in 1985 for killing James Worley as part of a murder-for-hire plot for Sheila Worley, James' wife. McLaughlin and Robinson later killed Sheila Worley and her five year-old daughter to prevent them from talking to the police. After the North Carolina Supreme Court vacated his original death sentence, McLaughlin was resentenced to death in 1993. He was removed from death row in 2006 following a judge's ruling that he was mentally retarded, and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

Pretrial
Box 87
Volumes 1-5
Box 87
Volumes 6-8
Box 88
News clippings, 1984
Box 88
Trial transcripts, 1984 (2 folders)
Box 88
Transcript: State v. Elton McLaughlin and Eddie Carson Robinson, 1984
Box 89
Trial summaries, Elton McLaughlin and Eddie Carson Robinson, 1984
Box 89
Trial transcripts, 1984
Box 89
Trial summary, 1984
Box 89
Transcript and Motion to Withdraw, 1984
Box 89
Orders, motions, notices, 1984
Box 89
Transcript and Motion for Additional Extension of Time, 1984
Box 89
Prison files, 1984
Box 90
Exhibits and evidence, 1984 (3 folders)
Box 90
Victim autopsies and lab reports, 1984
Box 90
Inventories of seized property, Indigent appeal, Appointment of counsel
Box 90
Affidavits
Box 90
Jury, 1984
Box 90
Arraignment
Box 90
Expert witness
Box 90
Judgment
Box 90
Appellate entries
Box 90
Subpoenas
Box 90
Witness attendance certificates
Box 90
Arrest warrants
Box 90
Indictment: murder
Box 90
Writ of Habeas Corpus
Box 90
Record on Appeal, 1984
Box 90
Motions and orders, 1984
Box 90
Trial summary, 1984
Box 90
Subpoenas, 1984
Box 90
Court paperwork, billing, 1986-2006
Box 91
Expenses
Box 91
Witness files, interview notes, 1997-2006
Box 91
North Carolina Screening and Observation, 1958-1965
Box 91
Mental and medical evaluations, 1984-2005
Box 91
News clippings, 1986-1990
Box 91
Briefs and trial materials: Eddie Carson Robinson (3 folders)
Box 91
Eddie Carson Robinson testimony and transcript, 1984
Box 91
Expenses, notes
Box 92
Oral argument notes
Box 92
Pleadings and orders
Box 92
Arrest warrant, 1984
Box 92
Case law, 1984
Box 92
News articles, 1984
Box 92
Jury selection, 1984
Box 92
Confessions, 1984
Box 92
Eddie Carson Robinson, 1984
Box 92
Physical evidence, 1984
Box 92
Psychiatric evidence, 1984
Box 92
Closing arguments, 1984
Box 92
Sentencing, 1984
Box 92
Issues and recommendations as to punishment, 1984
Box 92
Transcript of sentencing stage, 1984
Box 92
Notes and opinions, 1988
Box 92
MAR: Eddie Carson Robinson, 1969
Box 92
Notes on case, no date
Box 92
Correspondence, 1984
Box 92
Notes: exceptions, appellate defenders
Box 92
Notes: motions ruled on
Box 92
Special session, 1984
Box 92
Assignments of error, 1986
Box 92
Pyschiatric evaluations, 1994-2005
Box 92
Criminal record checks, jury selection
Box 92
Briefs for the State, 1987-1988 (2 folders)
Box 93
Defendant/Appellate and State briefs, 1988
Box 93
Appeal, 1988
Box 93
Motions, briefs, supplemental briefs, 1988
Box 93
Trial materials, 1988
Box 93
Mills v. Maryland applied to State v. McLaughlin, 1988
Box 93
Opinions filed, Supreme Court of North Carolina, 1988
Box 93
Briefs, 1988 (2 folders)
Box 94
Appeal, 1988
Box 94
Briefs, motions, appendices, 1988
Box 94
Orders, motions, 2002-2003
Box 94
Petition for Writ of Certiorari, 2003
Box 94
Motion to dismiss, 2003
Box 94
Pretrial
Box 95
Volumes 1-4
Box 95
Volumes 5-10
Box 96
Volumes 11-12
Box 97
Notes
Box 97
Transcript notes
Box 97
Trial (2 folders)
Box 97
Permanent file copy
Box 97
Assignments of error
Box 97
Motion to amend record of appeal, 1994
Box 97
Defendant-Appellate's brief, 1994
Box 98
Addendums to the record, 1987 and 1994
Box 98
Briefs for the State
Box 98
Defendant-Appellate's Briefs, 1994 (2 folders)
Box 98
Trial summary, 1994-1995
Box 98
MAR, 1997 (2)
Box 99
Brief for the State, 1997
Box 99
Motions and orders, including MARs, 1997-1998
Box 99
Corrected Defendant-Appellate's Brief, 1998
Box 99
Exhibits from MAR hearing, 1998 (3 folders)
Box 99
North Carolina Interal records: field notes, investigation reports, 1984 (2 folders)
Box 100
Interviews, 1984
Box 100
Murder trial, 1974
Box 100
Orders for payment and judgment against indigent
Box 100
Case notes and summaries, 1984-1997
Box 100
Appellate lawyers correspondence and briefs, 1988-1990
Box 100
Notes for resentencing, 1993
Box 100
Briefs, 1990
Box 101
Pleadings, orders, motions, 1992-1995 (4 folders)
Box 101
Briefs and Writs of Certiorari, 1995
Box 101
Memorandum opinion and final order, 1998
Box 101
Motions, petitions, orders, 1998-1999 (2 folders)
Box 101
Motion to proceed in forma Pauperis, 1999
Box 101
Brief in opposition to Writ of Certiorari, 1999
Box 101
Pleadings, motions, orders, 2000-2006 (10)
Box 102
Miscellaneous (hearing) folder (2 folders)
Box 103
Motions
Box 103
Witnesses
Box 103
Correspondence
Box 103
Notes
Box 103
Motions and orders, 1992-1993
Box 103
Hearing transcript notes, 1993
Box 103
Procedural claim and MAR: student notes
Box 103
Jury, 1993
Box 103
Motions, 1993
Box 103
Jury selection questions, 1993
Box 103
Motions and orders, 1999-2004
Box 104
Affidavits and application for Habeas Corpus, 2000-2004
Box 104
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, 1999-2000
Box 104
Evidentiary hearing, 2005
Box 104
Appeal, 2005-2006
Box 104
Trial transcript, 1975 (involuntary manslaughter)
Box 104
Appeal, 1988 (Mills v. Maryland)
Box 104
Robinson decision, 1994
Box 104
Non-Harrison case
Box 104
Case laws (3 folders)
Box 104
Pleadings, motions, orders, 1999-2004
Box 105
May 1984-Dec. 1984
Box 105
1985-July 1988
Box 105
Aug. 1988-1992
Box 105
1993
Box 105
1994-1997
Box 105
Appointment of CDPL to case, 1996-1997
Box 105
Appointing counsel, 1996-1999
Box 105
Recommendations as to Punishment; judgments; orders, 1988-1995
Box 105
North Carolina Supreme Court decisions; 1988 and 1995
Box 105
Attorney notes, 1997-2000
Box 106
Petitions and motions, 1999-2000
Box 106
Correspondence, 1984-2006 (11 folders)
Box 106

Phillip Robbins was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Durham County, North Carolina. One of the convictions was overturned on appeal because of a faulty jury instruction. The second conviction was reversed in motion for appropriate relief proceedings. He was never retried and in 2002, following the passage of legislation to exempt persons with mental retardation from the death penalty, Robbins was adjudicated as mentally retarded and resentenced to life in prison.

Condensed transcript
Box 84
Volume I
(3 folders)
Box 84
Volume II
(2 folders)
Box 84
Volume III
Box 84
Transcript, 11/23/1992
Box 84
Amendment to MAR, 10/31/1990
Box 85
Contact lists
Box 85
North Carolina Supreme Court appellant's brief, 3/4/1986
Box 85
Motion to suppress defendant's statements, 5/1991
Box 85
Package from North Carolina Superior Court
Box 85
Prior charges
Box 85
Physician file
Box 85
Expert witness motions
Box 85
Mental health
Box 85
Interview information
Box 85
Correspondence
Box 85
Uncategorized documents
Box 85
Trial transcript - volume IV, 11/8/1982
(2 folders)
Box 85
Transcript - competency hearing, 11/16/1992
Box 85

Steve Van McHone was sentenced to death on March 7, 1991 for the 1990 murder of his mother and stepfather, Mildred and Wesley Adams in Surry County. McHone was executed on November 11, 2005 by lethal injection. Some files for McHone are also found in the Other Cases group, boxes 85-86.

EMS and victim medical examiner reports for McHone trial
Box 107
Affidavits, warrant for arrest, police reports
Box 107
Trial attorney file
Box 107
Background files on McHone
Box 107
McHone transcripts
Box 108
Statements made by witnesses
Box 108
Various legal files (subpoenas, discovery files)
Box 108
Petitions for clemency for North Carolina and U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
Box 109
Correspondence related to clemency petitions
Box 109
Petition for writ of certiorari
Box 109
Petitions for Habeas Corpus: McHone v. Polk, 2004
Box 110
Various: amendment to MAR, amicus brief, briefs
Box 110
Petition for Writ of Mandamus: McHone v. The Superior Court of Surry County
Box 110
PC pleadings, motions and answers, 1996-1998
Box 111
Motion for Appropriate Relief (MAR) files, 1996-1998
Box 111
McHone exhibit materials
Ovsz. Box 135 Folder 1

On July 10, 1979, a North Carolina jury found Taylor guilty of the murder and armed robbery of Mildred Murchison and the kidnapping, armed robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill of Malcolm Biles. On July 30, 1979, that same jury recommended that Taylor be sentenced to death. The North Carolina Superior Court judge then sentenced Taylor to death for Murchison's murder and to consecutive terms of imprisonment for the non-capital offenses. For the next fourteen years, Taylor and his counsel raised many challenges to his sentence before seeking federal relief. In February 2006, Taylor died of a heart attack in prison after serving 26 years, the longest of any N.C. inmate on death row.

PC pleadings, motions and answers, 1996-1998
Box 112
MAR files, 1996-1998
Box 112
Social history and chronology
Box 113
Mental health records
Box 113
Resource Center and N.C. jail records
Box 113
Correspondence
Box 114
Motion for Appropriate Relief (MAR)
Box 114
Habeas Corpus petitions
Box 114
Mental health and medical files
Box 115
Correspondence, 1993-2005
Box 115

This subseries includes fragments of cases related to other capital-case defendants not previously listed, with the exception of Steve McHone. Files on McHone can also be found in the main series for the individual.

John Oliver social history
Box 85
Buros mental measurements yearbook
Box 85
DA conference cover sheet
Box 85
DA conference agenda
Box 85
SSSQ chart
Box 85
Comparison chart
Box 85
Raw data
(2 folders)
Box 85
Physicians' files
(4 folders)
Box 85
Section g.02 (use of assessments)
Box 85
Divison of prisons/mental health web information
Box 85
Uncategorized binder
Box 85
Uncategorized binder
Box 86
Malachai McQueen
(4 folders)
Box 86
L.H. Yelverton, Jr. files
Box 86
Alden Jerome Harden
(3 folders)
Box 86
Steve McHone - family tree
(7 copies)
Box Oversize 21

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Center for Death Penalty Litigation Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Center for Death Penalty Litigation Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2007-2009.

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Processed by Jonathan Grilli, February 2009

Encoded by Jonathan Grilli, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, March 2009

Updated by Meghan Lyon, June 2009

Accessions 2007-0052, 2008-0117, and 2009-0139 have been merged and described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

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