Va. Legislature: Accomplices Should Get Death Penalty

State Senate passes bill to expand capital punishment

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia's Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make those who assist in a murder eligible for the death penalty, but Gov. Tim Kaine may not sign it into law.

The bill would make capital punishment a possibility for any person proven to be an accomplice to a crime who shares the murderer's intent to kill.

In each of the past two years, Kaine has vetoed bills that would expand the death penalty for the person who actually does the killing.

The current bill is not considered to be veto-proof. It passed the state Senate with 24 votes, three votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto.

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