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Utah County Attorney Will No Longer Seek Death Penalty

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Utah County Attorney David Leavitt announced that he will no longer seek the death penalty. After initially planning to seek the death penalty in the case of Jerrod William Baum, a man accused of murdering two teens in December 2017, Leavitt has withdrawn the motion.

In a recorded statement, Leavitt said, “Pretending that the death penalty will somehow curb crime is simply a lie. The answer to preventing these types of horrible crimes is in education and prevention, before they occur.” The announcement came after two state Republican lawmakers announced they will introduce a bill next year to abolish the death penalty in Utah.

Caroline Long is a science reporter at UPR. She is curious about the natural world and passionate about communicating her findings with others. As a PhD student in Biology at Utah State University, she spends most of her time in the lab or at the coyote facility, studying social behavior. In her free time, she enjoys making art, listening to music, and hiking.