New Mexico Governor Wants to Vote on Death Penalty
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stepped up pressure on lawmakers Tuesday to consider reinstating the death penalty.
After the slaying of 10-year-old Victoria Martens from Albuquerque, the death penalty was on everyone’s mind and it looks like Governor Susana Martinez felt the same. New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009 before Gov. Martinez took office by replacing lethal injection with a sentence of life in prison without parole. New Mexico has executed nine men total since in 1933.
There will be a special session to discuss the matter brought up by Governor Martinez. Only problem they are facing with this is the half-billion dollar shortfall when it comes to reinstating the death penalty. Governor Martinez also wants the special session to include consideration of a three-strikes sentencing law for repeat violent offenders.