Jan 10, 2014 5:33 PM by Associated Press

Prosecutor: Smuggling should factor in executions

PHOENIX - A central Arizona prosecutor wants human smugglers who are convicted of murder to be eligible for the death penalty.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles tells the Arizona Capitol Times ( that he is proposing that convicted murderers previously convicted of human smuggling be considered for execution.

According to state law, a person can only receive a death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder and jurors find at least one aggravating circumstance associated with the crime.

Arizona currently lists 14 aggravating circumstances, which include being previously convicted of a serious offense.

Voyles says he wants the list of serious offenses to include human smuggling or participating in or assisting a human smuggling organization.

Experts say adding to the state's death penalty law could put it at risk of being found unconstitutional.


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