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State Considers Exempting Killers With Severe Mental Illness From Death Penalty

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton testifies in favor of a bill that would prohibit the execution of killers judged severely mentally ill at the time of their crimes, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Stratton said changed attitudes that now prohibit the execution of juveniles and people with mental disabilities should be expanded to those with severe mental illnesses. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Convicted murderers who had a severe mental illness when they committed their crime would face a maximum punishment of life without parole instead of the death penalty under a proposed Ohio law.

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