Capital murder; premeditated killing of a judge or a witness, redefinition thereof. (SB1116)

Introduced By

Sen. Nick Rerras (R-Norfolk)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Capital murder of a judge or witness; 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. The bill provides that the willful, deliberate and premeditated killing of a judge or justice when the killing is for the purpose of interfering with his official duties is punishable as capital murder, a Class 1 felony, and 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 »

Status

04/04/2007: enacted

History

DateAction
01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 077019134
01/09/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1116)
01/18/2007Committee substitute printed 077806804-S1
01/19/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1116S1)
01/19/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/22/2007Read second time
01/22/2007Reading of substitute waived
01/22/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077806804-S1
01/22/2007Motion to rerefer to committee rejected
01/22/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1116S1
01/23/2007Read third time and passed Senate (30-Y 10-N)
01/23/2007Communicated to House
02/03/2007Placed on Calendar
02/03/2007Read first time
02/03/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/19/2007Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Committee substitute printed 077043804-H1
02/20/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1116H1)
02/20/2007Read second time
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Committee substitute agreed to 077043804-H1
02/21/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1116H1
02/21/2007Passed House with substitute (82-Y 12-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (82-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007House substitute agreed to by Senate (31-Y 9-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1116ER)
03/08/2007Enrolled
03/08/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1116ER)
03/08/2007Signed by Speaker
03/11/2007Signed by President
03/21/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1116ER)
03/26/2007G Vetoed by Governor
04/04/2007Passed in enrolled form (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Motion to override Governor's veto agreed to (81-Y 18-N)
04/04/2007VOTE: OVERRIDE GOVERNOR'S VETO (81-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation rejected
04/04/2007Governor's veto overridden
04/04/2007Bill became law, Chapter 846 (effective 7/1/07)
04/11/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0846)