JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- An Arkansas lawmaker filed a bill to end the death penalty in the state, Monday.
There are currently 37 people on death row in the state of Arkansas.
"We take filing a capital murder and especially seeking the death penalty as a very very serious matter," said Ellington. "It's not something we do half-heartedly or without much thought or consideration."
Once a person is convicted of a capital crime, there are certain factors that must be proven to convince a jury that the death penalty is necessary. In the case of a tragedy, Ellington said the public deserves that option.
"If we had another Sandy Hook and the person didn't kill themselves but they were actually captured. I think there would be a public outcry if we didn't have the death penalty asking why do we not have the death penalty," Ellington said.
Ellington said he doesn't think the bill will pass, especially if legislators are listening to their constituents. But in the case that the bill does pass, he said it would change the type of crimes committed.
"I think the more heinous crimes, they may be more frequent."