SB 227
Modifies provisions relating to the culpable mental state necessary for a homicide offense
LR Number:
Last Action:
7/6/2023 - Signed by Governor
Journal Page:
SS SB 227
Effective Date:
August 28, 2023
House Handler:

Current Bill Summary

SS/SB 227 - 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 shall not be a 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.

This act is substantially similar to to HB 1989 (2022) and HCS/HB 676 (2021).