Despite the impassioned pleas of several of its members, the House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would bring the death penalty back to Delaware.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where supporters of capital punishment face a tougher vote. And it remains uncertain whether Gov. John Carney would sign or veto it.
The House voted 24-16 to pass the Extreme Crimes Protection Act, which requires that juries unanimously agree that aggravating circumstances in a murder merit a death sentence.
The bill's sponsors say those changes would address concerns the Delaware Supreme Court raised last year when it ruled Delaware's capital punishment law was unconstitutional. Since that ruling, the death penalty law has been unenforceable.