Ky. Prosecutor Urges Death Penalty Law Changes

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky prosecutor is urging
legislation that would allow some people convicted of murder in child abuse cases to qualify for the death penalty.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders has asked lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would allow the death penalty to be an option when there is evidence that a defendant has severely abused or tortured a child.

"Any time somebody kills a child and there is evidence that wasn't the first time the child has been abused, that ought to be a death penalty case," Sanders, a Fort Mitchell Republican, told The
Kentucky Enquirer.

Some northern Kentucky lawmakers said they would consider supporting or sponsoring such a bill.

"I'd like to talk to Rob more about this, but that is certainly a class of people that deserves no sympathy," said Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger.

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, said he is on a committee looking at making changes to state's penal system.

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