HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. Jodi Rell has promised to veto a bill banning the death penalty in the state.
The state Senate voted early Friday to replace capital punishment with life in prison without parole, a measure the state House approved last week.
After nearly 11 hours of debate, the bill passed through the Senate by a vote of 19-17 shortly after 4 a.m.
It requires Rell's signature to go into effect, however.
"I have been consistent in my belief that there ... are some crimes, some horrendous crimes that the death penalty is the only appropriate form of punishment," Rell said.
Several murder victims' relatives who oppose the death penalty spoke Friday at the Capitol in support of the repeal, saying capital punishment does not erase their loss.
"Abolition of the death penalty would honor my mother," said Ann Stone, of Farmington. "It would honor her because it says that we in Connecticut value life … there are no circumstances under which it's OK to kill."
Rev. Walter Everett was among those rallying for the abolition of the death penalty. Everett lost his son to murder.
"No matter what prosecutors tell us, it doesn't provide closure," he said. "People wait and wait for 15 or 20 years for an execution and then after it occurs they say, 'Why don't I feel better?' We know it doesn't make a difference, it doesn't bring a loved one back."