Felony homicide; felony drug offenses; penalty. (SB1035)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Felony homicide; felony drug offenses; penalty. Provides that the killing of one accidentally, contrary to the intention of the parties, from the use of a controlled substance in violation of a felony drug offense involving the manufacture, sale, gift, distribution, or possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute a controlled substance, regardless of any lapse in time between the felony drug offense and the use of the controlled substance, is murder of the second degree and is punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than five years nor more than 40 years. The bill also provides that venue for a prosecution of this crime shall lie in the locality where the felony violation of 18.2-248 occurred, where the use of the controlled substance occurred, or where the death occurred. This bill overrules the Court of Appeals of Virginia decision in Woodard v. Commonwealth, 61 Va. App. 567, 739 S.E.2d 220 (2013), aff'd, 287 Va. 276, 754 S.E.2d 309 (2014). Amends § 18.2-33, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102899D
01/12/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1035)
01/26/2015Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Committee substitute printed 15104277D-S1
01/26/2015Rereferred to Finance
01/26/2015Impact statement from VCSC (SB1035S1)
02/11/2015Left in Finance