Bill to repeal the death penalty passes Utah Senate committee

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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to repeal the death penalty in Utah has passed a Senate committee.

By a vote of 5-2, the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee passed Sen. Steve Urquhart’s SB189, which would eliminate capital punishment in the state. The bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration.

Last year, Utah brought back the firing squad as a method of execution. So far, three of 10 men on Utah’s death row have elected to have it.