PHOENIX — The Arizona House has approved a bill that would make human
smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty.
The bill was proposed by Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. According to state
law, a person can only receive a death sentence if convicted of first-degree
murder and jurors find at least one aggravating circumstance associated with the
The bill adds to the list of aggravating circumstances whether it is probable
that a defendant would commit another crime. It also designates smuggling as a
Arizona currently lists 14 aggravating circumstances.
The House approved the bill by a 35-24 on Tuesday. It will now go to the