Triggerman rule; redefinition thereof. (SB1288)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


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


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 077777782
01/10/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/12/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1288)
01/19/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/22/2007Read second time
01/22/2007Reading of amendments waived
01/22/2007Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1288E
01/22/2007Printed as engrossed 077777782-E
01/23/2007Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 11-N)
01/23/2007Communicated to House
01/24/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1288E)
02/02/2007Engrossed bill reprinted 077777782-E
02/06/2007Placed on Calendar
02/06/2007Read first time
02/06/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2007Reported from Courts of Justice (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Read second time
02/21/2007Read third time
02/21/2007Passed House (83-Y 13-N)
02/21/2007VOTE: PASSAGE (83-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2007Impact statement from VCSC (SB1288ER)
03/07/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1288ER)
03/07/2007Signed by Speaker
03/08/2007Signed by President
03/21/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1288ER)
03/26/2007G Vetoed by Governor
04/04/2007Motion to pass in enrolled form rejected (25-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Requires 2/3 affirmative votes for passage
04/04/2007Senate sustained Governor's veto

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2348.