S.C. House OKs bill to allow death penalty for some sex offender
A bill that will allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for some repeat child molesters has been approved by the state House.
Representatives voted 84-27 to accept the Senate's version of the measure, which could send to death row offenders convicted twice of raping a child younger than 11. The Senate approved the provision in March.
Opponents accused their fellow House members of casting politically favorable votes during an election year.
"I'm concerned about the emotional part of this whole issue," said Rep. Ken Kennedy, D-Greeleyville. "We're getting ready to do something in South Carolina that will cause us a lot of problems down the road."
The bill picked up steam after a Hartsville man was charged with kidnapping 2 girls and raping them in a dungeon behind his home earlier this year.