HB 794 Death penalty; severe mental illness.
James A. "Jay" Leftwich | all patrons    ...    notes
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Summary as introduced:
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.

Full text:
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101718D  pdf | impact statements

Status:
01/12/16  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101718D
01/12/16  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/16  House: Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/12/16  House: Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/12/16  House: Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice by voice vote
12/01/16  House: Left in Courts of Justice