Triggerman rule; redefinition thereof. (HB2348)

Introduced By

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria), and Sen. Ken Stolle (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Redefinition of the triggerman rule. Redefines the "triggerman rule," which currently provides that only the actual perpetrator of a capital murder is eligible for the death penalty and that accessories and principals in the second degree can be punished only as if guilty of first degree murder. This bill allows principals in the second degree and accessories before the fact to be charged as principals in the first degree in the cases of murder for hire, murder involving a continuing criminal enterprise, and terrorism. This bill allows, in all other cases of capital murder, an accessory before the fact to be tried as a principal in the first degree if he had the same intent to kill as the principal in the first degree or if he ordered or directed the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing. Read the Bill »


03/26/2007: vetoed by governor


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 077012134
01/09/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2348)
01/16/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
01/23/2007Committee substitute printed 077815306-H1
01/23/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2348H1)
01/24/2007Read first time
01/25/2007Read second time
01/25/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077815306-H1
01/25/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2348H1
01/26/2007Read third time and passed House (83-Y 14-N)
01/26/2007Communicated to Senate
01/29/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Read third time
02/14/2007Passed Senate (29-Y 11-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2007Passed Senate (27-Y 13-N)
02/14/2007VOTE: (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2348ER)
02/21/2007Signed by Speaker
02/22/2007Signed by President
02/28/2007Impact statement from VCSC (HB2348ER)
03/14/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2348ER)
03/26/2007G Vetoed by Governor
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Communicated to Governor
04/04/2007Motion to override Governor's veto agreed to (79-Y 21-N)
04/04/2007VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (79-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (24-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Requires 2/3 affirmative votes for passage
04/04/2007House sustained Governor's veto

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1288.