Lawmakers in Virginia have rejected several proposals to dramatically expand the crimes that qualify for the death penalty.
The one exception: killing an auxiliary police officer.
A state senate committee voted against allowing the death penalty for accomplices to murder, or anyone who kills certain emergency first-responders.
The bill adding auxiliary police officers now goes to the full senate.
Only Texas executes more inmates than Virginia.
Published at 3:00 PM EST on Feb 15, 2010
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