These interviews were recorded nine days before the execution of
Ronald Frye fatally stabbed his landlord, Ralph Childress, with
scissors in 1993. He was sentenced to death and was executed by
lethal injection at Central Prison, in Raleigh, North Carolina,
August 31st at 2:00 AM. He was the 19th person to be executed in
the state since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1977.
Ronald Frye's legal counsel appealed his sentence based on inadequate
representation. Their appeal focused on the severe alcoholic condition
of the lawyer who prepared the sentencing phase of his trial and
who omitted critical evidence about the extreme abuse and neglect
Ronnie experienced as a child. In the controversy around Ronnie's
case, two jurors said they would have considered sentencing him
to life imprisonment without parole had they been presented with
more complete information about the abuse he suffered. Ronnie's
appeal was denied. Now, in his eighth year on death row, Ronnie
takes full responsibility for the crime he committed and talks about
his preparation for death. Members of the victim's family grapple
with their loss and the continued controversy surrounding the case.
Ronnie was one of 221 people currently on death row in North Carolina.
He was the 19th person to be
executed in the state since the reinstatement of the death penalty