DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty has failed to clear a House committee after winning narrow passage in the Senate last month.
After a two-and-a-half hour hearing Wednesday, members of the House Judiciary Committee voted 6-to-5 not to send the bill to the full House.
Supporters of the bill argued that the death penalty is racially unfair, costly, morally wrong, and ineffective as a deterrent to crime. Opponents argued that capital punishment is justified as a form of punishment for first-degree murder.