North Carolina death row inmate dies of natural causes

December 29, 2022 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A prisoner on North Carolina’s death row for the murder of a 5-year-old girl 20 years ago died on Thursday.

Eric Glenn Lane, 51, died early Thursday morning of natural causes at the Central Prison Medical Center in Raleigh, the Department of Public Safety said in a news release. No additional information was provided about his death.

Lane was convicted in Wayne County court in 2005 of first-degree murder, rape and kidnapping related to the killing of Precious Ebony Whitfield three years earlier and was sentenced to death. The girl was last seen playing outside of her grandmother’s home. Her body was found two days later in a creek several miles away.