William Rousan http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Death penalty abolition bill before Mo. House committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/death-penalty-abolition-bill-mo-house-committee <p>A House committee heard testimony&nbsp;Wednesday evening&nbsp;on<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1496&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Missouri</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;The bill would also commute sentences of all current Death Row inmates to&nbsp;life without parole.</p><p>Several people testified in favor of the bill, including<a href="http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Kevin_Green.php"> Kevin Green</a>, a California man who spent 16 years in prison on charges that he raped his wife and killed their unborn baby.&nbsp; He was eventually exonerated after DNA evidence showed another man had committed the crime.&nbsp;&nbsp;Green says doing hard time in prison is a harsher punishment than being executed. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 02:44:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3327 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Death penalty abolition bill before Mo. House committee