Md. poised to be 18th state to ban death penalty

Md. poised to be 18th state to ban death penalty

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It’s been eight years since Maryland executed a convicted killer, but that could be the last time if the General Assembly gives final passage this week to a bill to abolish capital punishment.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, has been pushing for the change. Now the Democratic-controlled legislature seems poised to make Maryland the 18th state in the nation to do away with the death penalty.

A repeal bill has already been approved by the state Senate and it’s expected to win final passage from the House of Delegates today. Lawmakers have rejected amendments, mostly from Republicans, aimed at keeping it for the most heinous crimes.

Connecticut ended the death penalty last year. Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York also have abolished it in recent years.

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