Indiana Senate backs death penalty for beheading crimes

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A bill making intentionally decapitating someone a crime eligible for the death penalty has been approved by the Indiana Senate.

Senators voted 45-4 on Thursday in favor of the proposal.

Bill sponsor Sen. Brent Steele says current state law only allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty for anyone convicted of torturing or mutilation before a killing or decapitating someone who is already dead.

Death penalty opponents contend the measure isn't necessary and that capital punishment amounts to "recycling the violence."

The proposal now goes to the Indiana House for consideration.

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