CCRP 905     


Art. 905.  Capital cases; sentencing hearing required; delay; waiver

A.  Following a verdict or plea of guilty in a capital case, a sentence of death may be imposed only after a sentencing hearing as provided herein.

B.  Following a conviction by trial or guilty plea in a capital case, on joint motion of the state and the defendant, the court may impose a sentence of life imprisonment without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence without conducting a sentencing hearing.  The court may refuse to grant the joint motion and order that a sentencing  hearing be conducted.

C.  If a sentencing hearing will be conducted, the hearing shall not commence sooner than twelve hours after a verdict or plea of guilty, except on joint motion of the state and the defendant.

Added by Acts 1976, No. 694, §1.  Acts 1993, No. 935, §1; Acts 1995, No. 434, §1.