(WVLT) -- Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill which would bar those convicted of first-degree murder from receiving the death penalty if they are deemed to be severely mentally ill.
The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee agreed to send the proposal to a full hearing. A severe mental illness would be characterized as:
schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and delusional disorder.
The bill states a defendant who has a severe mental illness at the time of the crime would not be eligible for the death penalty.
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