"NH Senate To Vote On Death Penalty Bill," is the AP report via WBZ-TV.
New Hampshire's Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on capital murder
legislation named after a Mont Vernon woman killed with a machete in
her bed during a burglary.
A Senate committee is recommending more study of the bill.
The bill is named after 42-year-old Kimberly Cates, who was killed in a burglary Oct. 4. Her 11-year-old daughter was also attacked but survived. The bill would make home invasion killings a death penalty offense.
Under the bill, prosecutors would have to prove home invaders entered with the specific intent to kill the occupants of the house for the crime to be punishable by the death penalty.
Today's Union Leader carries the editorial, "The Kim Cates Law: Death for home-invasion killers."
The murderers who brutally killed Mont Vernon mother Kimberly Cates last October were saved from the death penalty by a strange fact: They decided to kill her in her own home.
Had they forced Cates into their car first, they would be facing a possible death sentence instead of life in prison. In New Hampshire, murder committed during a kidnapping is punishable by death, but murder committed while unlawfully inside another person's home is not.
That nonsensical discrepancy ought to be fixed.
This week, the state Senate is to vote on a bill to do that. Senate Bill 472, sponsored by Sen. Sheila Roberge, R-Bedford, would add to the capital punishment statutes the crime of "purposely causing the death of another while in another's residence, or attempting to enter another's residence, or after having been in another's residence without invitation or right."
Earlier coverage begins with this post.