Deny Parole to Convicted Murderer in North Carolina

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Petition to Deny Parole to Inmate Ervin L. Terry Jr. (DOC Num: 0402745)

 We, the undersigned, petition the State of North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission to deny parole to Inmate Ervin L. Terry Jr..   

On March 24, 1992, the Supreme Court of North Carolina convicted the Inmate of First-Degree Murder and Second-Degree Murder of Mr. Timothy Wayne Pernell and Mr. David Ronald Talley, respectively.  The acts occurred on August 23, 1991, in Kittrell, North Carolina, at Variety Pickup Store, where Mr. Talley and Mr. Pernell had stopped, along with their friend, Mr. Shelton Edward Peoples, who suffered serious injuries.  The court also convicted the Inmate of Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection with the gunshot wounds of Mr. Peoples.      

Tragically, the deceased left behind two small children: Brittany Pernell, merely ten months old, and Cameron Talley, only eleven months old at the time of his father’s death.  Further, the young spouses of Mr. Talley and Mr. Pernell were left to care for their infants as they mourned the deaths of their husbands and faced years to come of anxiety, depression, and emotional hardship.  In addition, the events that transpired on this day affected the family of Mr. Peoples, along with the extended families of Mr. Pernell and Mr. Talley.  The quaint community of Kittrell, North Carolina, also mourned as it suffered the tragic loss of two honorable young men on this August day.

Kittrell is a small town outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, where its residents feel safe and, like in many small towns, neighbors are always willing to lend a helping hand.  Neighbors such as these include the victims herein, who were merely helping one another build a barn for the Pernell family on the day the acts occurred and had stopped at the Variety Pickup Store to take a quick break.  The release of the Inmate would be detrimental to this charming town in North Carolina, as many of its citizens would be forced to live in fear for the foreseeable future, knowing a convicted murder has been released in their area. 

As such, we petition that parole be denied for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

 1)    The Inmate would be a danger to society.  The Inmate committed the aforementioned acts against individuals whom he had not previously interacted.  Such behavior indicates the Inmate has a general propensity to kill others.

2)    The families of the deceased and the affected would be at risk should the Inmate be released.  To permit the release of the Inmate is to put the family of the deceased in immediate physical danger, as it would the convicted the freedom to engage in further criminal conduct, especially crimes against the family of the man who he murdered.  Due to the offender’s violent and unlawful past, it is unlikely he would comply with any conditions of parole.

 3)    The families of the deceased would suffer increased psychological and emotional hardship should the Inmate be released.  Members of the Pernell and Talley families have suffered extreme psychological and emotional hardship as a result of the loss of their loved ones, forcing them to battle years of anxiety and depression.  The release of the convicted would exacerbate such conditions.

As stated above, such a release would endanger members of society, not in the least the Pernell, Talley, and Peoples families.  As such, we petition the State of North Carolina Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission to deny the parole of the Inmate, and in the alternative, only release the Inmate with the strictest conditions of parole as permitted by law.

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