Lawmakers debate plan to eliminate death penalty

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) – The Colorado House is debating a plan to eliminate the death penalty and use the money to focus on cold cases after victims' relatives asked for help finding closure.

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.

House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, a Democrat from Louisville, says the state should be spending money solving those cases instead of defending the only two inmates currently on death row and a half–dozen other cases that are pending.

Weissmann says it's a question of resources, not a moral debate.

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