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POLL: Overwhelming support for death penalty expansion

November 4, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under State House

There is a new push in Concord to expand the state’s death penalty law after the diabolical slaying of a Mont Vernon woman in her own home, reports Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph.

A Mont Vernon legislator unveiled plans Tuesday to expand the death penalty to include home invasions by those who have the intent to kill.

If adopted, the measure would be named after Kimberly Cates, who was brutally stabbed to death in her home Oct. 4. Her daughter, Jaimie, was seriously injured and hospitalized for several weeks after the attack.

Republican state Rep. Bill O’Brien said residents have an expectation of privacy and safety.

“We should be able to be in our homes to be safe. We shouldn’t have to take extraordinary safety measures to do that,” O’Brien said.

The current capital punishment law is limited in its scope to include killings of judges, police, officers of the court, murders for hire or first-
degree murder while committing a drug deal, rape or kidnapping.

And now a NowHampshire.com exclusive poll conducted by CrossTarget shows 61% of likely voters in the Granite State would support expanding the state death penalty to include pre-mediated murder and attempted murder of a child.” 28% disapprove of such efforts. Around 11% are unsure.

Oct NH Results

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