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House To Take Up Death Penalty Bill

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Before a state senate vote on capital punishment, death penalty supporter Anne Rossi said the death penalty helped to get testimony that convicted some of the men involved in the murder of her husband and two other men at B and B Automotive in Windsor Locks.  Dr. William Petit, Junior and Anne Rossi's sister Linda Binnenkade look on. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Before a state senate vote on capital punishment, death penalty supporter Anne Rossi said the death penalty helped to get testimony that convicted some of the men involved in the murder of her husband and two other men at B and B Automotive in Windsor Locks. Dr. William Petit, Junior and Anne Rossi’s sister Linda Binnenkade look on. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut House of Representatives will be voting on the high-profile death penalty repeal bill Wednesday, a week after the bill passed in the state’s Senate.

Doug Whiting, spokesman for House Speaker Rep. Christopher Donovan of Meriden, told the Associated Press Tuesday that the House will take up the bill mid-afternoon Wednesday.

The proposed bill would abolish the death penalty for all future cases, but would not directly affect the sentences of current 11 inmates on Connecticut’s death row.

The state Senate approved a repeal bill after nearly 11 hours of debate last week.

If passed in the House, the bill would go to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has said he would sign it into law.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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