Death penalty bill up for Colorado Senate hearing |

Death penalty bill up for Colorado Senate hearing

DENVER, Colorado ” A proposal to eliminate the death penalty is being considered in the Colorado Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans a hearing on House Bill 1274 on Wednesday afternoon.

The bill would take the money now being used to prosecute death penalty cases, about $1 million a year, and use it to investigate cold cases instead.

The bill passed out of the House by a single vote at the urging of families of crime victims.

If it passes the Senate, the bill will then go to Gov. Bill Ritter, Denver’s former district attorney.

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Ritter hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it.

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