Delaware Aggravating Factors For Capital Punishment

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(1)The murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel, or depraved (or involved torture)
(2) The capital offense was committed during the commission of, attempt of, or escape from a specified felony (such as robbery, kidnapping, rape, sodomy, arson, oral copulation, train wrecking, carjacking, criminal gang activity, drug dealing, or aircraft piracy)
(3) The defendant committed or attempted to commit more than one murder at the same time
(4)The defendant committed the murder after substantial planning and premeditation
(5) The murder was committed for pecuniary gain or pursuant to an agreement that the defendant would receive something of value
(6) The defendant caused or directed another to commit murder, or the defendant procured the commission of the offense by payment, promise of payment, or anything of pecuniary value
(7) The murder was committed to avoid or prevent arrest, to effect an escape, or to conceal the commission of a crime
(8) The capital offense was committed by a person who is incarcerated, has escaped, is on probation, is in jail, or is under a sentence of imprisonment
(9)The victim was a child 14 years of age or younger, and the murder was committed by an individual who is at least 4 years older than the victim
(10)The victim was 62 years of age or older
(11)The victim was severely handicapped or disabled
(12)The victim was pregnant
(13) The victim was a government employee, including peace officers, police officers, federal agents, firefighters, judges, jurors, defense attorneys, and prosecutors, in the course of his or her duties
(14)The murder was committed against a person held as a shield, as a hostage, or for ransom
(15) The murder was committed against a witness in a criminal or civil proceeding to prevent the witness from appearing
(16)The victim was a nongovernmental informant and the killing was in retaliation for the victim's activities
(17)The murder was committed to interfere with the victim's First Amendment rights
(18)The murder was committed because of the victim' race, religion, color, disability, national origin or ancestry


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