DELAWARE - In an eleven to10 vote, the Delaware State Senate approved the bill to repeal the death penalty in the First State.
WMDT spoke with a member of the Delaware Police Chief's Council, which has been very vocal about their support for keeping the death penalty in Delaware.
"It's disappointing. We were hoping the repeal would not pass," says Jeffery Horvath, Chairman of the Delaware Police Chief's Council. He believes the death penalty is not only a crime deterrent, but a just punishment for some who commit the most heinous crimes.
If not for every case, Horvath and the Council would like to see capitol punishment kept in cases where law enforcement are murdered while on duty, saying "I can't think of a job in Delaware where there's a chance of getting murdered on a daily basis than a police officer. The next traffic stop that seems minor could turn into a shooting. The next domestic could turn into a shooting."
The Senate's version repeals the death penalty in Delaware for all but the state's current seventeen death row inmates.
The bill will now go to the House.