Connecticut lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty

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Posted: Apr 11, 2012 11:23 PM
Connecticut lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty

(Reuters) - The Connecticut House of Representatives gave final legislative approval on Wednesday to repeal of the state's death penalty, moving it one step closer to becoming the fifth U.S. state in five years to abandon capital punishment.

The 86-62 vote in the Democratic-controlled House followed last week's Senate vote and sends the bill to Governor Dannel Malloy, who has vowed to sign it into law.

(Reporting by Mary Ellen Godin; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Peter Cooney)