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Relatives of five murder victims joined a rally in Annapolis to repeal Maryland's death penalty.
Death penalty opponents may get the chance to debate the issue in Maryland when lawmakers get back to work in Annapolis next week.
A bill to repeal the death penalty in Maryland will be introduced again during the 2013 lawmaking session.
For the fifth year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has rejected legislation to expand the state's death penalty law.
About 60 opponents of capital punishment have held a rally against Maryland's death penalty.