DENVER (AP) _ A State House committee has approved a plan to eliminate the death penalty in Colorado, and use the money to focus on cold cases, after victims' relatives asked for help finding closure.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the measure (house bill 1274) Monday, after hours of emotional testimony from supporters who said the money could be better spent finding the people who killed their loved ones. The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee.
The legislation would shift funds currently used to prosecute death-penalty cases to deal with the growing backlog of more than 1,400 unsolved homicides that have stymied local investigators since 1970.
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