SB 996 Modifies the jury instructions in first degree murder cases
Sponsor: Rowden
LR Number: 6336S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 3/12/2018 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2018

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SB 996 - Currently, if an offender is found guilty of first degree murder, the court is required to instruct a jury that if a punishment is not agreed upon by the jurors, the court shall assess and declare the punishment of life imprisonment without eligibility for probation, parole, or release except by act of the governor or death. This act no longer requires the court to instruct the jury as it relates to the death of the offender.