“I am struggling and have struggled with this decision,” said Sen. Donna Soucy, a democrat from Manchester.
She was one of 12 senators who voted to repeal the death penalty.
The vote ended in a 12-12 tie. A tie vote means the death penalty statute stays intact.
“Because I believe that there are some crimes that are that heinous, I support the death penalty,” said Sen. Jeb Bradley, a republican from Wolfeboro.
Supporters and opponents of the death penalty were packed inside the senate chambers and outside the state house as senators made their positions clear.
“State-sponsored execution is not justice when we stoop to the level of the killer and it changes nothing,” said Sen "
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