Thursday, March 12, 2009
Attorney General Steven Six has strong words about those whose crimes are worthy of the death penalty.
“They have forfeited their right to live in our society,” said Six.
AG Six and those who lost loved ones in the state’s most heinous crimes don’t want to see the death penalty abolished.
Tonia Groover’s sister, Heather Muller, was one of the Carr Brothers’ victims. The Carr Brothers have been sentenced to die for their infamous December 2000 crime spree.
“They tortured my sister and the other five people, they deserve an appropriate punishment,” said Groover.
Amy Scott’s boyfriend was also murdered by the Carr Brothers.
“My life is not going to change if Jon and Reginald Carr are not put to death. It’s a matter of an appropriate punishment for what they did,” said Scott.
Some lawmakers say the death penalty needs to go; in part because of the expense. A death sentence, opponents argue, costs millions more than life in prison without parole due to the lengthy appeals process. They say it is a burden on taxpayers in an already tight economy. Others say that the years of waiting for justice to be carried out only leaves open wounds.
Those for the death penalty argue that cost should not be a deciding factor and that you can’t put a price on justice for families.
Six addressed the media Thursday to urge legislators to reject a bill that would end the death penalty effective July 1. The Senate will debate the bill on Monday.