Bills Expanding Capital Punishment Pass House

January 26, 2007

One bill would eliminate the "triggerman rule", which limits the death penalty to the person who directly inflicts the fatal wound.

The bill, sponsored by Delegate Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, would allow any accomplices that shared the triggerman's intent to kill would be subject to capital punishment also. The vote passed 83-14.

Bills allowing the death penalty for anyone who kills a judge or a witness in a criminal case passed 81-14, and 83-13.

The Senate passed almost idenitcal death penalty bills Tuesday. The measures were endorsed by the Virginia State Crime Commission.

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