Detroit Police Officers Matthew Bowens and Jennifer Fettig were killed last month while on duty. Bowens' father, James, spoke passionately about his support for the death penalty.
After committee, the measure will likely go to the house and senate floors. But leaders say it is questionable whether there are the two-thirds votes in both houses to get the measure on the ballot this fall. If it is on the ballot, voters will get to decide on a measure that would alter the state's constitution to allow the death penalty to be considered in cases of first degree murder, where the defendant's guilt is without question. Opponents say that is not possible, and the system is too flawed.
Michigan has not had a death penalty since 1846, and is one of 12 states without one today.