Governor calls off US state's remaining executions

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is picture November 3, 2014 in Baltimore, MarylandThe governor of Maryland commuted the sentences for the US state’s four remaining death row inmates Wednesday, a year and a half after capital punishment was abolished there. Governor Martin O’Malley said he had reduced the sentences to life in prison without parole, after speaking with the families of those slain by the convicted killers. A total of 29 states plus the US capital Washington have either abolished the death penalty or no longer use it. Three states alone — Missouri, Texas and Florida — carried out 80 percent of the executions.

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