Colorado Senate votes down death penalty repeal that would have spent savings on cold cases

Colo. Senate votes against repealing death penalty

DENVER — The Colorado Senate has defeated a proposal to repeal the death penalty and use the savings to investigate cold cases.

Four Democrats sided with Republicans to vote down the measure 18-17 Wednesday.

The bill passed in the House by a single vote last month.

The measure had been fiercely debated.

Supporters of the bill said it was more important to find and prosecute killers still on the loose than to execute the ones already convicted. Prosecutors wanted to keep capital punishment as an option for heinous crimes and said the bill raised unrealistic hopes about solving cold cases.

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