Backers of Kansas death penalty bill renewing push

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A botched execution in Oklahoma isn’t causing Kansas legislators to reconsider a bill aimed at expediting appeals in the state’s capital murder cases.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeff King said Wednesday that Oklahoma’s experience shows the need to ensure that Kansas uses the most humane and foolproof execution method possible. But King said the state still needs to ensure that Kansas juries’ decisions in capital cases are carried out.

The bill sets deadlines for attorneys to file legal arguments with the Kansas Supreme Court. The state enacted its current capital punishment law in 1994 but has yet to execute any convicted murderers.

In Oklahoma, condemned convicted murderer Clayton Lockett died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack after the execution procedure was halted after it started. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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