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HB 961: Sentencing in Capital Felonies

GENERAL BILL by Pafford ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Berman ; Cruz ; Rader ; Torres

Sentencing in Capital Felonies; Requires that advisory sentence of death be made by unanimous recommendation of jury after defendant's conviction or adjudication of guilt for capital felony or capital drug-trafficking felony; requires court to instruct jury that, in order for jury to recommend to court that death penalty be imposed, jury must find that sufficient aggravating circumstances exist which outweigh any mitigating circumstances found to exist; requires court to instruct jury that each aggravating circumstance used to support jury's recommendation of death be proven beyond reasonable doubt by unanimous vote; requires that court provide special verdict form for each aggravating circumstance found.

Effective Date: 7/1/2013
Last Action: 5/3/2013 House - Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
2/21/2013 House • Filed
3/4/2013 House • Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 97
3/5/2013 House • Introduced -HJ 97
5/3/2013 House • Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee