The names of murder victims were evoked Tuesday during a legislative hearing on whether North Carolina should stop executions for two years.
However, surviving loved ones were divided on whether the state should impose a moratorium on executions during a study of the state’s death penalty, according to the News and Observer.
Of the 38 states with the death penalty, two have halted executions — Illinois in 2000 and Maryland last year. Maryland’s governor has since lifted his state’s moratorium.
North Carolina is one of 15 states to have moratorium bills introduced this year. None has passed. The bill cleared the Senate in May, but it faces stiff odds in the House where it would need 61 votes to pass.