Senate passes bill to make killing a first responder a capital crime

  • Source: Alabama Political Reporter
  • Published: 05/24/2019 05:41 AM

The Alabama Senate passed House Bill 59 Thursday making it a capital crime to murder a first responder in the state of Alabama. State Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, said a police officer in his district was killed in the line of duty on Sunday... HB59 passed the Senate after a very quick debate. The change in the law, if signed into law, would make it an aggravating circumstance if a murder victim was a law enforcement or correctional officer, first responder or was under 14 years of age. Murdering a law enforcement officer was already a capital crime. This would add ambulance drivers, firefighters and paramedics to the capital crimes list. The district attorney is able to seek the death penalty in a capital murder.


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