The Senate Progress and Development Committee hears testimony on Senate Bill 775, which would abolish the death penalty and provide that any person sentenced to death before Aug. 28, 2014, be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Gina Walsh of Bellefontaine Neighbors.

“Every year in this country, we put countless criminals to death. Yet, at the same time, new DNA evidence regularly exonerates men and women locked up decades for crimes they did not commit.”

Senator Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau mentions other states have already repealed their death penalty laws…

“Experienced 25 to 46 percent lower homicide rates. Any of these states that have repealed the death penalty, can we go look at each one of those individually and see where they came in that continuum of lower crime?”

The committee has taken no action on the measure.