"Sioux Falls lawmaker changes mind on death penalty, wants to see it repealed," is the AP report filed by Chet Brokaw. It's via the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, and is also available via the San Francisco Chronicle.
A state lawmaker who previously supported the death penalty says he will ask the 2014 South Dakota Legislature to repeal capital punishment.
Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, who also is a pastor, said he changed his mind about the death penalty after reviewing the Bible. He said he also believes it does not deter people from committing horrible crimes, save money or improve public safety.
Hickey said his bill would apply only to future cases.
The lawmaker also said he believes life in a cramped prison cell can be a more severe punishment than executing murderers by quietly putting them to sleep with drugs.
“There is an existence worse than death,” Hickey said. “If you really want to take away someone’s life, then take away their life but not their breath.”
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said he will oppose Hickey’s bill because he believes the death penalty is appropriate for the most vile crimes and is used sparingly in South Dakota.
Earlier coverage from South Dakota begins at the link.