Bill to abolish death penalty in Kentucky fails in House committee

A bill aimed at abolishing the death penalty in Kentucky has been defeated by a House committee.
    
The measure proposed replacing the death penalty with life in prison without parole. It stalled Wednesday when it failed to muster enough support in the House Judiciary Committee.
    
Death penalty opponents said the hearing represented progress in their campaign to end capital punishment.
    
A former prosecutor and a former judge condemned the death penalty during the hearing. They pointed to the millions of dollars spent to prosecute and defend death penalty cases during years of appeals. They said the system sometimes puts innocent people on death row.
    
The bill’s opponents said the death penalty should be an option. Rep. Johnny Bell said convicted murders should feel "the same terror and dread" as victims.

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