Several Virginia Death Penalty Expansion Bills Die

Just one new crime would qualify

By Jack Heinbaugh
|  Monday, Feb 15, 2010  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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Several Virginia Death Penalty Expansion Bills Die

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393846 05: A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shows an electric chair and gurney August 29, 2001 in Lucasville, Ohio. The state of Ohio is one of the few states that still uses the electric chair, and it gives death row inmates a choice between death by the electric chair or by lethal injection. John W. Byrd, who will be executed on September 12, 2001, has stated that he will choose the electric chair. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)

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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.

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