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Code Section
39-13-201, et seq.; 37-1-102; 40-23-114


Effect of Incapacity
Prohibited for mentally retarded

Minimum Age


Capital Homicide
Offender over 18, victim under 12; previous felony convictions; great risk of death to multiple persons other than victim; employed or done for remuneration; especially heinous, atrocious or cruel; avoiding lawful arrest of defendant or another; in connection with any first degree murder, arson, rape, robbery, burglary, theft, kidnapping, aircraft piracy, bombing; committed while in lawful custody/confinement or escape from; committed against law enforcement officer, corrections person, firefighter engaged in duties, also judge, attorney general, district attorney, etc. (and formers) due to performance of duties; against elected official; “mass” murderer; mutilation of victim’s body; victim was 70 or older or victim was particularly vulnerable due to disability; committed in course of terrorism

Method of Execution
Lethal injection unless offense committed prior to January 1 1999, then may elect for electrocution

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