Bill making smugglers eligible for death passes

PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that could make human smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty.

The Senate approved House Bill 2313 with a 19-9 vote on Tuesday.

The bill by Rep. Justin Pierce of Mesa adds to the list of aggravating circumstances whether it is likely that a defendant would commit another crime and that he or she is a threat to society.

It also designates smuggling as a serious offense. That would make human smugglers who are convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty.

The bill will go back to the House for final approval.

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