Utah Code Title 77. Utah Code of Criminal Procedure § 77-15a-101. Intellectually disabled defendant not subject to death penalty--Defendant with subaverage functioning not subject to death penalty if confession not corroborated

(1) A defendant who is found by the court to be intellectually disabled as defined in Section 77-15a-102 is not subject to the death penalty.

(2) A defendant who does not meet the definition of intellectually disabled under Section 77-15a-102 is not subject to the death penalty if:

(a) the defendant has significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning that exists concurrently with significant deficiencies in adaptive functioning;

(b) the functioning described in Subsection (2)(a) is manifested prior to age 22;  and

(c) the state intends to introduce into evidence a confession by the defendant which is not supported by substantial evidence independent of the confession.


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