VA Pilot – ‘Triggerman’ revision killed by Va. Senate panel
The Associated Press
By Larry O’Dell
For the fifth year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has rejected legislation to expand the state’s death penalty law.
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-6, with one abstention, on Wednesday to kill a proposal to allow the death penalty for accomplices who share a murderer’s intent to kill. The bill would have revised Virginia’s “triggerman rule,” which in most cases allows capital punishment only for the person who does the actual killing.