PHOENIX — An Arizona legislative committee has approved a bill that would make human smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty.
The bill was proposed by Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. According to state law, a person can only receive a death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder and jurors find at least one aggravating circumstance associated with the crime.
The bill broadens the list of aggravating circumstances to include the probability that the defendant is a threat to society and also recognizes smuggling as a serious offense.
Arizona lists 14 aggravating circumstances.
The bill was approved by the House Committee on Judiciary with a 7-1 vote on Thursday. Nobody spoke in opposition to it. The bill will move to a procedural committee before moving to the House.