Description: Provides for a sentence of death or life imprisonment without possibility of parole upon conviction of a defendant for murder in the 1st degree. Requires separate sentencing proceeding after conviction before a jury. Establishes aggravating and mitigating circumstances. Provides for jury to recommend sentence to judge. Requires the court to enter sentence of either death or life without parole. Requires that a court order to impose death penalty be supported by specific written findings. Provides for automatic review by state supreme court within 60 days in all cases where death sentence imposed. Allows for the commutation of the death penalty to life imprisonment without parole. Provides for execution by lethal injection.
1-22-99 S Introduced and passed First Reading
1-25-99 S Referred to 1. JDC 2. WAM