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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty.

The bill to be voted on Thursday narrowly cleared the Senate last year, but had been languishing in a House committee until the committee chairman agreed last week to release it.

Judiciary Committee members voted 6-to-5 last May not to send the bill to the full House after it narrowly cleared the Senate on an 11-to-9 vote.

Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has said he would sign the measure if it reaches his desk.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - An inmate faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of his cellmate at a state prison in western Maryland.

The Allegany County State's Attorney's office said in a statement Monday that a grand jury indicted 26-year-old Venell Harris in the death of 30-year-old Darrell Murray at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

Police say Murray was found unresponsive on his bunk with a bedsheet around his neck on July 29. An autopsy concluded he died from multiple injuries.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

Tuesday's vote follows initial passage of the proposal last year, as constitutional amendments must be approved by two consecutive legislatures.

The amendment is aimed at stopping the release of violent offenders who wind up being charged with more violent crimes after being released on bail.

Currently, bail can be denied only for first-degree murder.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a bill to abolish Delaware's death penalty.

The legislation, which cleared a Senate committee last week, mirrors a bill that passed the Senate in 2013 by only one vote before dying in a House committee.

The legislation removes execution as a possible punishment for first-degree murder, leaving life in prison without the possibility of parole as the only sentence.

The bill, which faces opposition from the law enforcement community, would not apply to inmates currently on death row.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill reviving attempts to abolish capital punishment in Delaware after an earlier failed effort is teed up for its legislative hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the legislation, which mirrors a bill that passed the Senate in 2013 by only one vote before dying in a House committee.

The legislation would remove execution as a possible punishment for first-degree murder, leaving life in prison without the possibility of parole as the only sentence.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes has failed to clear the state House.

The bill fell three votes short of the required two-thirds majority in a House vote Wednesday, but there's a possibility it could be resurrected before the legislative session ends next week.

The amendment, supported by Attorney General Beau Biden, was defeated twice in the state Senate last June before being resurrected and passed in a little-noticed midnight vote on the final day of legislative session.