Robert Bacon, Jr., 1987-2003

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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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