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Isaiah W. McCoy is currently incarcerated at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington. (Submitted)

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The Rev. Bruce Gillette of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington was one of many in attendance in the House balcony hoping the House would repeal the death penalty. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Equal Justice Initiative executive director and Milton native Bryan Stevenson spoke as Rep. Sean Lynn’s witness as he told the members of the House that the death penalty is a civil rights issue at heart and is unfair to African-Americans. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, reacts once she realizes the vote is against the House bill. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Family friend Mary Cairns of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, spoke on behalf of the Bonistall family, who lost their daughter Lindsey to a brutal attack and murder in 2005 while she was a University of Delaware student. Ms. Cairns asked the House to vote “no” on repealing the death penalty. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Rep. Sean Lynn, D-Dover, makes an impassioned plea to his House colleagues asking them to vote to repeal the death penalty Thursday evening inside the House chamber at Legislative Hall. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Rep. Sean Lynn, D-Dover, speaks with supporters before heading into the caucus chamber to discuss the House vote. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Rep. Sean Lynn, D-Dover, has pushed for repealing the death penalty. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Wilmington resident Chandra Pitts spoke of in favor of repealing the death penalty during a press conference Thursday. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)

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Nancy Quinn of Dover prays silently inside Christ Episcopal Church during the daylong prayer vigil held at the historic Dover church for the repeal of Delaware’s death penalty. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers)