PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 51/162/2001
7 November 2001
Further information on UA 250/01 (AMR 51/147/2001, 5 October 2001) - Death
USA (New Mexico)Terry Doug Clark (m), white, aged 45
On 6 November, Terry Clark became the first person to be executed in New Mexico
since 1960. Hundreds of death penalty opponents held a vigil outside the State
Capitol before the execution.
Terry Clark was sentenced to death for the murder of nine-year-old Dena Lynn
Gore in 1986. He gave up appeals against his death sentence in March this
year and was executed by lethal injection.
In a reply sent to people who had appealed against the execution, New Mexico
Governor Gary Johnson wrote: “My mind is not closed on the subject. I will
continue to listen and take into consideration the varying opinions. Although
I do not intend to declare a moratorium on executions in New Mexico, eliminating
the death penalty in the future may prove to be better public policy...”.
Terry Clark becomes the 741
prisoner to be executed in the USA since it resumed
judicial killing in 1977. According to Amnesty International’s information,
he was the 95
person to have been put to death after giving up their appeals.
His was the 58
execution in the USA this year.
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