Lawmakers look to abolish statute of limitations for second-degree murder

Lawmakers look to abolish statute of limitations for second-degree murder

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LIMITATION FOR MURDER. BUT THERE IS IN NEW MEXICO, IN PARTICULAR CASES. AND A PAIR OF LAWMAKERS THINK THAT )S WRONG. NEWS 13 )S MADELINE SCHMITT IS LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IN SANTA FE. MADELINE. WHEN IT COMES TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN OUR STATE, THE TIME LIMIT TO PROSECUTE IS JUST SIX YEARS. REPRESENTATIVE MOE MAESTAS AND BILL REHM — BOTH FROM ALBUQUERQUE, BUT ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE AISLE — ARE HOPING THEIR BIPARTISANSHIP ON THIS BILL WILL CHANGE THAT. FIRST DEGREE MURDER, MEANING PREMEDITATED, HAS NO STATUTE OF LIMITATION IN OUR STATE. BUT SECOND DEGREE MURDER IS CLASSIFIED LIKE ANY OTHER SECOND DEGREE FELONY — AND HAS A SIX-YEAR TIME LIMIT. MAESTAS AND REHM THINK ANY KIND OF KILLING OF A HUMAN BEING SHOULD HAVE NO STATUTE OF LIMITATION. …Rep. Moe Maestas/D Albuquerque “11:27:46 You can indict on a first degree, but it )s very very difficult to prove malice of forethought on a cold case. It )s very difficult because the reasonable doubt standard is so high. It )s difficult to prove first degree on a case that happened yesterday, much less a case that happened 20 years ago 11:28:04″… THIS BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED A HANDFUL OF TIMES BEFORE, WITH NO SUCCESS. MAESTAS SAYS FELLOW LAWMAKERS TRY TO MUDDY THE WATERS… BY ADDING OTHER CRIMES TO THE BILL. SO THIS YEAR, HE )S MAKING SURE IT STAYS STRICTLY ABOUT REMOVING THE STATUTE OF LIMITATION ON (JUST SECOND DEGREE MURDER. MAESTAS SAYS THE GOVERNOR HAS ALREADY INDICATED THAT SHE WILL SIGN OFF ON THIS. BUT THERE )S ONLY A WEEK LEFT IN THE SESSION, AND THIS BILL STILL HAS TO GET OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR AND THROUGH THE SENATE, FIRST. BACK TO YOU. OKAY MADELINE. ANOTHER BILL, CO-SPONSORED BY MOE MAESTAS, LOOKS TO INCREASE THE PENALTY FOR ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER… TO AT LEAST NINE YEARS BEHIND BARS. THE WOMAN ACCUSED OF

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