Bill making smugglers eligible for death passes
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has approved a bill that would make human smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty.
The bill was proposed by Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. According to state law, a person can only receive a death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder and jurors find at least one aggravating circumstance associated with the crime.
The bill adds to the list of aggravating circumstances whether it is probable that a defendant would commit another crime. It also designates smuggling as a serious offense.
Arizona currently lists 14 aggravating circumstances.
The House approved the bill by a 35-24 on Tuesday. It will now go to the Senate.
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