Indiana lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state's death penalty law

The state of Indiana has executed nearly 100 Hoosiers since 1897

In just a couple months, Indiana lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state's death penalty law.

The state of Indiana has executed nearly 100 Hoosiers since 1897, The last one nearly a decade ago.

Right now, 13 inmates sit on death row.

The death penalty should be reserved for the worst of the worst, not people acting on false stimuli,” said Barbara Moser, NAMI Indiana Executive Director.

Last year, a bill failed that would exempt defendants from the death penalty if they suffer from mental illnesses like PTSD and Schiziophrenia.

On Wednesday, lawmakers got a science lesson on why to possibly reconsider.

If i'm hearing the voice of God that's telling me I'm Jesus or I'm Michael, then i am going to hold myself to the standard of that delusional system over what I'm going to hold as far as mankind is concerned,” said neurologist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.

Several mental health experts testified the state could save millions in legal costs if the cases were tried with a maximum penalty of life without parole.

There are a couple prosecutors seeking capital punishment right now.

In Marion County, Jason Brown is accused of murdering Southport Police Lieutenant Aaron Allan.

And in Boone County, Zachariah Wright for reportedly murdering a 73-year-old man and trying to rape and set his wife on fire.

As Indiana prosecutors, we do view the death penalty as a measure that should only be imposed on the worst of the worst,” said Boone County prosecutor Todd Meyer.

Meyer said the state's legal system allows defendants to challenge the decision with the courts sometimes ruling in their favor.

I think our system works very well in this state,” said Meyer.

Lawmakers have their opinions too.

Republican Representative Thomas Washburne said to be exempt from the death penalty, the defendant should be diagnosed with psychotic features in addition to the mental health illness.

That means losing contact with reality.

While democratic Representative Ed Delaney says the death penalty should be abolished altogether because it is so expensive.

(This story was originally published on October 11, 2017)


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