Decapitation bill heads to governor

By Alec Gray

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would add decapitation to the list of aggravating circumstances that make a murderer eligible for execution passed the House nearly unanimously on Monday.

Senate Bill 8 now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, said the bill was designed to clarify the law. Already, state law says that defendants can be eligible for the death penalty if they attempt to burn, torture, or mutilate victims prior to killing them.

But the bill’s author, Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, argued that left open the possibility that a beheading would not lead to a death penalty.

The bill makes decapitating or attempting to decapitate a victim while he or she is still alive an aggravator for the death penalty.

The bill passed the House 92-1 and has already passed the Senate.

Alec Gray is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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One Response to Decapitation bill heads to governor

  1. I feel much safer now that the law on this matter has been clarified. ISIS better not try any of that head-cutting stuff in the Hoosier State!