The Utah Senate voted 20-9 on this week in favor of a Senate Bill 189 to repeal the death penalty, reported Jurist. The Death Penalty Amendments bill would reorganize murder and homicide statutes as non capital offenses and give the prosecutors until May to seek a notice of capital punishment for any pending case.
The legislation awaits final approval in the senate before heading to the House of Representatives. Utah is one of more than 30 states that retains the death penalty, and last year the state approved the use of death by firing squad as an alternative to lethal injection.
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