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Two wrongs don't make a right says South Dakota death penalty opponent

South Dakota Legislature
South Dakota Legislature
Denny Davis on death penalty (Download MP3)

Sioux Falls, SD (KELO-AM) South Dakotans For Alternatives Against The Death Penalty is lobbying strongly in Pierre this session in support of a bill to abolish the death penalty in South Dakota.

The group's director, Denny Davis puts their opposition this way: murdering someone who murdered is puting yourself in the same position as the murderer.

Davis says he contacted State Representative Steve Hickey (R) of Sioux Falls about 6 or 7 months ago to ask him to sponsor legislation to abolish the death penalty.  Hickey, once a death penalty supporter, says he had a change of heart and mind after much prayer and reviewing the bible. Hickey's bill would seek to have first-degree murder reduced to life in prison without parole.

Davis says this is not a political issue, its a life issue and he is urging South Dakotans to contact their lawmakers to support the legislation.