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Delaware House votes to reinstate death penalty

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s House lawmakers have voted to reinstate the state’s death penalty and the bill now goes to the Senate.

Tuesday’s 24-to-16 vote came amid a public outcry over the killing of a correctional officer during a prison riot in February, and the fatal shooting of a state trooper two weeks ago.

Under the bill, jurors would have to find unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant should be executed.

The state Supreme Court declared Delaware’s death penalty law unconstitutional in August because it allowed judges too much discretion and did not require that a jury find unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant deserves execution.

That ruling came after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death sentencing law, which was similar to Delaware’s.

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