A Democratic lawmaker from St. Louis wants the Missouri auditor's office to
investigate the cost of applying the death penalty.
State Sen. Joe Keaveny says the audit would be the 1st comprehensive study in
Missouri to compare the cost of the death penalty with sentencing an offender
to life in prison without parole. Keaveny filed a bill seeking the audit this
Keaveny says the goal is to determine the cost of capital punishment, not to
analyze whether the death penalty is an effective deterrent to crime.
(source: Associated Press)