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History of the death penalty in America

Published On: Aug 06 2014 11:30:22 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2015 10:23:19 AM EDT

Utah lawmakers passing a bill that would allow firing squads has put capital punishment -- specifically, the manner in which criminals are executed -- back in the spotlight. Take a look at the history of the death penalty in America.

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The first execution to take place in the U.S. was in 1607. Capt. George Kendall of Jamestown, Va., was accused of mutiny, allegedly plotting to betray the British to the Spanish. He was stripped of his arms, imprisoned and shot.

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