Almost five years after former Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation repealing the state’s death penalty, one Carroll County delegate is trying to bring the option back in certain cases.
Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-District 5, and Del. Jason Buckel, a Republican who represents Allegheny County, are primary sponsors on House Bill 887, which would make the death penalty an option when someone is convicted of first-degree murder of a police officer; a correctional officer or a first responder; or, in the case of a mass murder, of three of more people. The death penalty was repealed in Maryland in 2013.