Attorneys argue Indiana death penalty unconstitutional
CROWN POINT, Ind.— Attorneys for a man who faces charges in the deaths of seven women have argued in court filings that the state of Indiana’s death penalty law is unconstitutional.
The Post-Tribune reports that Darren Vann remains in isolation at the Lake County jail. His attorneys argued in an Aug. 5 filing that an Indiana Code statute is unconstitutional in two main areas.
They question how a jury is supposed to weigh factors that could influence a death sentence. They also say it’s unconstitutional to allow a judge to determine a defendant’s death sentence when the jury can’t.
Government prosecutors have until Sept. 7 to file a response to the claim.
Lake County prosecutors requested the death penalty for Vann last year.