HB 676 Modifies provisions relating to the necessary mental state for a homicide offense

     Handler: Luetkemeyer

Current Bill Summary

- Prepared by Senate Research -

HCS/HB 676 - Under current law, the culpable mental state necessary to prove a homicide offense is found to exist if the only difference between what actually occurred and what was the object of the offender's state of mind is that a different person or people were killed.

This act adds that it is no defense to a homicide charge that the identity of the person the offender intended to kill cannot be established. If the state proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the offender had the requisite mental state toward a specific person or a general class of persons who are not identified or who are not identifiable, such intent shall be transferred to a person who is killed by the offender while such mental state existed.


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