Munson said he also supports the current death penalty statute, which makes it mandatory for the state to seek death for anyone charged with murdering a police officer or a correctional officer.
Munson said officers need that protection. He said without the possibility of the death penalty, inmates who already are serving long periods of time -- or even life -- in prison have no incentive not to kill.
"That inmate has absolutely nothing to lose whatsoever by killing (officers)," Munson said.
Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, said he does not support a repeal of the death penalty, but said the punishment should be used for only the most serious crimes -- such as the murder of a police officer or a correctional officer.
"I think it should be an option for our legal system," Donoghue said.
Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, also supports the death penalty and said the current system should remain in place.