Paul Harvey Kutz, Sr. & Janie Lee Meares Kutz
Summary of Offense:
On 2 February 1987, Jeffrey Karl Meyer was indicted for two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary, and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. On 12 May 1988, defendant pled guilty to the robbery and burglary charges, and on 16 May 1988, defendant pled guilty to the first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Janie and Paul Kutz. The trial court entered judgments in the noncapital cases, sentencing defendant to life imprisonment for first-degree burglary and to two consecutive terms of forty years' imprisonment for the two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
During his first capital sentencing proceeding that began on 3 June 1988, defendant escaped from custody, forcing the trial court to declare a mistrial. See State v. Meyer, 330 N.C. 738, 740, 412 S.E.2d 339, 340 (1992) (Meyer I). Following a capital sentencing proceeding that began on 24 October 1988, the juryrecommended sentences of death for the two first-degree murders, and the trial court entered judgments in accordance with that recommendation.
On 31 August 1995, following another capital sentencing proceeding, another jury recommended sentences of death for the two counts of first-degree murder, and the trial court entered judgments in accordance with those recommendations.
Meyer has exhausted all of his appeals and was denied certiorari by the US Supreme Court on June 23, 2008.