Feb 28, 2016 11:44 AM

Death penalty suspension coming up for Senate vote

The Associated Press

CONCORD - New Hampshire's state Senate is poised to take up a bill that would effectively end the use of death penalty in the state without flat-out repealing it.

Republican Sen. Kevin Avard is the primary sponsor of a bipartisan measure to "suspend" use of the death penalty until methods are in place to ensure it's not imposed on an innocent individual.

New Hampshire is the only state in New England with the death penalty still on the books, and efforts to repeal it in 2014 deadlocked in the 24-member Senate.

The vote in Thursday's Senate session will be close, likely with one or two votes determining the outcome. Not all senators could be reached Friday by The Associated Press for a full vote count.

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