HB 502 Triggerman rule; redefinition thereof.
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Summary as introduced:
Criminal 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, a principal in the second degree 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. The bill allows an accessory before the fact to be tried as a principal in the first degree if he ordered or directed the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing.

Full text:
01/12/10  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100529D  pdf | impact statement

Status:
01/12/10  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100529D
01/12/10  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/10  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/18/10  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/27/10  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 4-N)
01/29/10  House: Read first time
02/01/10  House: Passed by for the day
02/02/10  House: Read second time and engrossed (73-Y 25-N)
02/02/10  House: VOTE: --- ENGROSSMENT (73-Y 25-N)
02/03/10  House: Read third time and passed House (74-Y 24-N)
02/03/10  House: VOTE: --- PASSAGE (74-Y 24-N)
02/04/10  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/10  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/08/10  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N)