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The Latest: Delaware House delays vote on death penalty

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Latest on a bill in Delaware that would reinstate the death penalty (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf has postponed the Legislature’s vote on a bill reinstating Delaware’s death penalty because of a scheduling issue.

Schwartzkopf said in a statement that a lawmaker wanted to a call a witness who wasn’t available Thursday, when Schwartzkopf had scheduled the vote.

He says he learned of the issue and plans to put the vote on the House agenda for Tuesday.

Consideration of the legislation comes amid a public outcry to the killing of a correctional officer during a prison riot and hostage taking in February, and the fatal shooting of a state trooper last week.

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7 a.m.

The state House is poised to vote on a bill reinstating Delaware’s death penalty, which the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last year.

The bill was put on Thursday’s House agenda just hours after it cleared the Judiciary Committee on a 7-4 vote Wednesday.

Consideration of the legislation comes amid public outcry to the killing of a correctional officer during a prison riot and hostage taking in February, and the fatal shooting of a state trooper last week.

Chief sponsor Rep. Steve Smyk, R-Milton, said he has not done a vote count but he believes there is more support for the measure among House lawmakers now than there was before the killings of prison guard Steven Floyd and trooper Stephen Ballard.

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