Pennsylvania 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 murder was committed incident to a high jacking
(4) The defendant knowingly created a grave risk of death for one or more persons in addition to the victim of the offense
(5) The defendant committed or attempted to commit more than one murder at the same time
(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 defendant has been convicted of, or committed, a prior murder, a felony involving violence, or other serious felony
(9)The victim was a child under 12 years of age
(10)At the time of the killing the victim was in her third trimester of pregnancy or the defendant had knowledge of the victim's pregnancy
(11) 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
(12)The victim was a pubic servant concerned in official detention who was killed in the performance of his duties or as a result of his official position
(13)The victim was the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, a deputy attorney general, district attorney, assistant district attorney, member of the general assembly, governor, lieutenant governor, auditor general, state treasurer who was killed in the performance of his duties or as a result of his official position
(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 proceeding to prevent the witness from appearing
(16)The victim was a nongovernmental informant and the defendant committed the murder or was an accomplice to the killing...and the killing was in retaliation for the victim's activities
(17)The victim was involved, associated, or in competition with the defendant in the sale, manufacture, distribution, or delivery of any controlled substance or counterfeit controlled substance
(18)At the time of the killing the defendant was subject to a court order restricting in any way the defendant's behavior toward the victim or any other order of a court of common pleas or of the minor judiciary designated in whole or in part to protect the victim from the defendant

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