William Dillard Powell
Summary: convicted murderer who in 1991 killed 54-year-old convenience store employee Mary Gladden while attempting to rob her for drug money while high on cocaine, who claimed the killing wasn't premeditated but said he panicked when she fought back, so he hit her on the head with a tire iron, and who had been in the news recently because his death sentence was appealed on grounds that his case did not qualify for the death penalty in 40 other states, but the appeals ultimately failed.
Cause of Death: Executed by lethal injection
Born: September 25, 1946
Died: March 11, 2005
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina