Degree Granting Department
Dr. Dwayne Smith.
Dr. John Cochran
Capital punishment, Victim-offender relationships, Death sentence, Murder, Aggravating circumstances
This study is an investigation of whether familial relationships among offenders and their victims affect capital sentencing. Using a sample of capital cases from North Carolina restricted to familial homicides, logistic regression models are used while controlling for legal and extra-legal factors that influence decision outcomes. Such models of capital sentencing are developed to (1) determine whether familial-victim cases have unique correlates; and (2) whether there are variations in the effects of these correlates across gender. Contradictory to these hypotheses, results suggest that acquaintance and stranger relationships are less likely to receive a capital outcome when compared to familial relationships. Therefore, in North Carolina it appears that familial relationships receive capital outcomes more frequently than other types of victim-offender relationships.
Scholar Commons Citation
Evans, Katharine D., "The impact of victim-offender familial relationships on capital sentencing outcomes" (2005). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.