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A Utah lawmaker who led the push to bring back the firing squad is proposing a mandatory death penalty for anyone who targets and kills a police officer.
Gov. Brian Sandoval says he won't propose abolishing the death penalty after Nevada ran out of lethal injection drugs.
Capital punishment is on hold for now in Nevada.
The Nevada Department of Corrections says it will move forward with construction of a new execution chamber despite a shortage of lethal injection drugs.
A 46-year-old ex-convict accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and wounding her mother more than three years ago wants to challenge the constitutionality of Nevada's death penalty.
Utah senators on Wednesday voted to abolish the death penalty, advancing what had been considered a longshot proposal in the conservative state.
Can legislation like this pass in Utah?
A Republican state lawmaker wants Utah to join 19 states and the District of Columbia in abolishing the death penalty, but supporters of the idea acknowledge it's a longshot in the conservative state.