Plan to eliminate Colorado death penalty given initial OK
DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado House has given tentative approval to 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.
The bill must pass a third reading before it moves to the Senate.