timberland boots navy Hollie’s Law heading to Alabama Senate
If approved, the law would double the penalty for convictions of first , second and third degree domestic violence if a child younger than age 18 witnesses the act.
The bill also includes a capital offense of murder if the death is witnessed by a child younger than 18, and the victim is the parent or legal guardian of the child.
Pettus said the bill got held up in the last two legislative sessions.
“This is great news,” said Lauderdale County Chief Assistant District Attorney Angie Hamilton. “This is something that is very much needed. This is a big step in getting this passed.”
Hollie’s Law is named after Hollie Newbury, who was shot and killed by her ex husband, Christopher Rich, in December 2009 while her two young children were in the car.
who pleaded guilty to capital murder on Aug. 24, 2011, is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
After he shot Newbury, he drove away in the car with the children inside.
Hamilton said that is the only thing that made the crime a capital offense. But under the proposed law, she said such a crime would automatically be a capital offense.
Officials with One Place of the Shoals, the area’s family justice center, worked with students from the University of North Alabama and Pettus to develop the bill.
“It’s an issue that needs to be addressed,” Pettus said. “I’m thankful to my colleagues for seeing the importance of this bill and what it can mean to victims of domestic violence and their families.”