Utah Aggravating Factors For Capital Punishment

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(1)The murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel or depraved (or involved torture)
(2)The murder was committed incident to a highjacking
(3) The defendant knowingly created a grave risk of death for one or more persons in addition to the victim of the offense
(4) The defendant committed or attempted to commit more than one murder at the same time
(5)The murder was committed by means of poison or a lethal substance
(6) The murder was committed for pecuniary gain or pursuant to an agreement that the defendant would receive something of value
(7) 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
(8) The murder was committed to avoid or prevent arrest, to effect an escape, or to conceal the commission of a crime
(9) The capital offense was committed to interfere with the lawful exercise of any government function or the enforcement of the laws
(10) The defendant has been convicted of, or committed, a prior murder, a felony involving violence, or other serious felony
(11) 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. The actor was under a sentence of life imprisonment or a sentence of death at the time of the homicide
(12) The victim is or has been a local, state, or federal public official, or a candidate for public office, and the homicide is based on, is caused by, or is related to that official position, act, capacity, or candidacy
(13)The murder was committed against a person held as a shield, as a hostage, or for ransom
(14)The murder was committed against a witness in a criminal proceeding to prevent the witness from appearing, or for revenge
(15)The homicide was committed while the actor was engaged in, or attempted to, or flight from committed or attempted child abuse
(16)The defendant was involved in the desecration of a dead human body or dismembering, mutilation, or disfiguring of the victim's body, either before or after death, in a manner demonstrating the actor's depravity of mind. The homicide was committed incident to the abuse or desecration of a dead body
(17)The murder was committed by means of any weapon of mass destruction

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