Jan 10, 2014 5:33 PM by Associated Press
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 (http://bit.ly/1ir3kMO) 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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