Colorado prosecutor backs elimination of death penalty
PUEBLO, Colorado ” Pueblo County District Attorney Bill Thiebaut (TEA’-bow) supports a bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Colorado.
Thiebaut is voicing his support as his office decides whether to seek the death penalty in the rape and murder of a teenage girl. The former Democratic lawmaker also wants to be appointed U.S. attorney for Colorado.
Troy Eid, appointed U.S. attorney by former President George Bush, resigned after President Barack Obama took office.
The Colorado House has approved a measure that would eliminate the death penalty and use the money to solve cold cases. The Senate will consider the bill next.
As a lawmaker, Thiebaut opposed the death penalty. He says as a prosecutor, he’s obligated to carry out the law as written.