Conn. House OKs bill abolishing death penalty

HARTFORD - (AP) - The Connecticut House of Representativeshas passed a bill that replaces the state's death penalty with alife sentence without the chance of parole.

It marks the first time that any chamber of the General Assemblyhas voted to abolish capital punishment. The bipartisan vote was 90to 56.

But it's questionable that the bill could pass the Senate. Also,Gov. M. Jodi Rell says she supports the death penalty forespecially heinous crimes.

The bill would affect those who commit certain capital felonymurders, such as killing a police officer. It would apply only tocrimes committed after the bill becomes law and would not impactthose already on death row.

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