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Mental retarded banned execution bill vetoed

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(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Governor Keating has vetoed a bill that would have banned executions of mentally retarded defendants.

The measure would have prohibited the state from executing defendants with an I-Q of 70 or below who are classified as developmentally disabled.

Eighteen other states already have a similar law.

Keating says the bill isn't needed because existing state law already protects defendants who lack the mental capacity to understand the consequences of their acts.
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