WATCH: Supporters Rally for Death Penalty Repeal
Death penalty opponents demonstrate in front of the State House in Annapolis seeking support for the Governor's effort to repeal the the state's death penalty.
By Haley Bull for Capital News Service
Supporter's of Governor Martin O'Malley's bill to repeal Maryland's death penalty gathered outside the Maryland statehouse hours before lawmakers returned for their Monday evening session. Rally-goers included family members of murder victims.
Vicki Schieber's daughter was raped and murdered 15 years ago. Today, Schieber wants to see the death penalty repealed, and more help for victims' families. There have been five executions in Maryland since 1976, with five people on death row. The bill would replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole and allocate more resources to victims' families.