State Lawmakers Advance Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. Supporters say capital punishment is ineffective.

It doesn't deter crime and it is expensive.

However, opponents fear repeal could make us less safe.

They also say some crimes are so heinous the death sentence is the only justice.

“The concept that a crime is so heinous that a person must die that’s simply just retribution and we have to decide if that’s really the system we want.” Said Representative Jares Olsen.

The public defender's office spends 750,000 dollars annually preparing for a capital case.