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Prosecutors to be more selective with death penalty

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jefferson County prosecutors will be more selective when seeking the death penalty.

For more than 15 years prosecutors have had a policy of seeking the death penalty in every murder case that qualified unless there was a compelling reason not to.

Defense attorneys have long complained the aggressive policy was a waste of time and money.

Public Defender Mike Lemke said it has been years since a Jefferson Circuit Court jury has handed down the death sentence.

Newly elected Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine said the office will begin looking at several factors when deciding whether or not to seek the death penalty.

The factors will include the likelihood of jurors recommending the death sentence in a particular case.

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