Death penalty; severe mental illness. (HB794)

Introduced By

Del. Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Death penalty; severe mental illness. Provides that a defendant in a capital case who had a severe mental illness, which is defined in the bill, at the time of the offense is not eligible for the death penalty. The bill establishes procedures for determining whether a defendant had a severe mental illness at the time of the offense and provides for the appointment of expert evaluators. When the defendant's severe mental illness is at issue, a determination will be made by the jury, or by the judge in a bench trial, as part of the sentencing proceeding, and the defendant bears the burden of proving his severe mental illness by a preponderance of the evidence. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101718D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2016Impact statement from VCSC (HB794)
02/12/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB794)
02/12/2016Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/12/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2016Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice
03/09/2016Fiscal impact review from JLARC (HB794)
12/01/2016Left in Courts of Justice

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1522.