Death sentence elimination and life imprisonment.

Authors: Senator Lonnie Randolph

Digest

Abolishes the death penalty. Repeals the law concerning the imposition and execution of death sentences and makes conforming amendments. Specifies that if a person was sentenced to death and is awaiting execution of the death sentence, the person's death sentence is commuted to a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Provides that when a defendant is charged with a murder for which the state seeks a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, the defendant may file a petition alleging that the defendant is an individual with mental retardation. Provides that if a defendant who is determined to be an individual with mental retardation is convicted of murder, the court may sentence the defendant only to a fixed term of imprisonment. Makes technical corrections.