Capital murder; includes premeditated killing of witness in criminal case. (HB2347)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Capital murder of a witness in a criminal case; penalty. Provides that the willful, deliberate and premeditated killing of any witness under subpoena in a criminal case when the killing is for the purpose of interfering with the person's duties in such case is punishable as capital murder, a Class 1 felony. Read the Bill »


04/04/2007: enacted


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 077761134
01/09/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2347)
01/16/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/24/2007Read first time
01/25/2007Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2007Read third time and passed House (83-Y 13-N)
01/26/2007Communicated to Senate
01/29/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/09/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2007Read third time
02/12/2007Reading of amendments waived
02/12/2007Committee amendments agreed to
02/12/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/12/2007Passed Senate with amendments (30-Y 10-N)
02/12/2007VOTE: (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2007Placed on Calendar
02/14/2007Senate amendments agreed to by House (87-Y 7-N)
02/21/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2347ER)
02/21/2007Signed by Speaker
02/22/2007Signed by President
02/28/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2347ER)
03/14/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2347ER)
03/26/2007G Vetoed by Governor
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Motion to override Governor's veto agreed to (83-Y 16-N)
04/04/2007VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (83-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Passed in enrolled form (29-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Governor's veto overridden
04/04/2007Bill became law, Chapter 844 (effective 7/1/07)
04/11/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0844)