The AP is reporting that Sen. Brent Steele thinks Indiana needs a law addressing decapitations. Now, obviously Indiana has a law on the books against murder. And there are aggravators to enhance sentences and even the death penalty for some situations. But, Sen. Steele sees a need to address decapitation specifically:
The chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee says Indiana needs stronger penalties for decapitation.
Republican Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford cites a gruesome beheading in Oklahoma last month as the reason for the change. He has asked staff to draft legislation that would add decapitation or attempted decapitation to the crimes punishable by life without parole or the death penalty.
Actually, the real problem is that somehow under the current law decapitation is not regarded as mutilation or dismemberment subject to the enhanced penalty.
I get that beheading is viscerally more shocking to a good many people. Personally, I see dead as dead. As a victim, I’m not sure I’d care if the person killed me by cutting my throat enough to make me die versus cutting my throat clean through to the back of my neck.