Advocates Say Death Penalty Should be Abolished

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By Associated Press – 18 Jan ’15

A veteran Cheyenne defense attorney says in most capital murder cases, jurors in Wyoming prefer life imprisonment instead of imposing the death penalty.

Attorney David Serelson says only two people have been executed in Wyoming in the last 40 years and no one is on death row now.

Serelson says laws need to reflect how society has evolved.

Serelson made his comments Saturday in Cheyenne during a program advocating abolishment of the death penalty.

The program was sponsored by the Wyoming Association of Churches and the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that a bill proposed in the state Legislature would abolish the death penalty.

Gov. Matt Mead is a proponent of the death penalty.