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Updated Feb 25, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Bill making human smugglers eligible for death passes

PHOENIX -- The Arizona House 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 adds to the list of aggravating circumstances whether it is probable that a defendant would commit another crime. It also designates smuggling as a serious offense.

Arizona currently lists 14 aggravating circumstances.

The House approved the bill by a 35-24 on Tuesday. It will now go to the Senate.

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