Bill Passed Allowing Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty For Beheadings

The state Senate criminal law committee has passed a bill that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for beheadings. Indiana law already provides life without parole or the death penalty for anyone convicted of torturing or mutilation before a killing. It also provides a possible death sentence for dismembering a homicide victim. This bill extends the definition of mutilation to include decapitation. Supporters cite an increase in beheadings including one last year in Oklahoma as a reason for the change. Religious groups say the death penalty is “recycling violence” and isn't necessary when perpetrators are already in custody.