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Utah’s death penalty costs $1.6m more per inmate from trial to execution

Published November 14, 2012

Utah’s death penalty costs $1.6m more per inmate from trial to execution by Brooke Adams The Salt Lake Tribune Published Nov 14, 2012 05:48PM MDT Craig Watson said he didn’t know if “closure” was the proper word. But as he witnessed the 2010 execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner, who killed Watson’s cousin Melvyn J. Otterstrom at a bar in 1984, a feeling of peace came over him: It was, finally, over. As Utah lawmakers weigh the cost of executing men like Gardner versus keeping them in prison for life, Watson asked them on Wednesday to remember there are some things that no amount of money can touch — a message also shared by Barbara Noriega, wh... Copyright 2012 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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