Murder Statute

Murder Statute

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7 NEWS LIVE AT 10:00. SOAK UP THE CLOCK IS TICKING ON A BILL THAT WOULD DO AWAY WITH TIME LIMITS AND IT COMES TO PROSECUTING CERTAIN MURDER CASES. DOUG: NEW MEXICO IS THE ONLY STATE WITH THIS SORT OF STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. SOME LAWMAKERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF CRIME VICTIMS SPOKE WITH NANCY LAFLIN. NANCY: ‘S MOTHER IS NOT GRIEVING, SHE IS FIGHTING. YOU WANT PEOPLE TO COME DOWN TO NEW MEXICO AND GET AWAY WITH MURDER JACOB NANCY: SHE IS TRYING TO CONVINCE LAWMAKERS TO CHANGE THE LAW WHEN IT COMES TO MURDER. WE NEED TO STOP THIS. NANCY: IN NEW MEXICO, YOU CAN CHARGE WITH FIRST-DEGREE OR SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. FIRST-DEGREE IS PREMEDITATED AND COMMUTE DIFFICULT. ATTORNEYS OFTEN AGREE TO A LESSER CHARGE. THE PROBLEM IS YOU CANNOT BE CHARGED WITH A SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IF THE CRIME IS MORE THAN SIX YEARS ALL. PEOPLE OFTEN GET AWAY WITH MURDER. I HAVE BEEN PUSHING FOR 6 TO 8 YEARS. THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO CHANGE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY. HELP VICTIMS TO GET CLOSURE. NANCY: A BILL THAT WOULD GET AWAY — THAT WOULD DO AWAY WITH THIS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IS IN THE HOUSE. THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ITS GRAVEYARD. LINDA LOPEZ IS A STATE SENATOR AND A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. SHE REPRESENTS BERNALILLO COUNTY WHERE THE BODIES OF NEARLY A DOZEN WOMEN WERE FOUND ON THE MESA 10 YEARS AGO. IF THEY CAN ONLY PROVE SECOND-BEST IF THEY CAN’T PROVE SECOND-DEGREE MURDER, THERE’S A CHANCE THE SUSPECT COULD WALK. WHILE IT IS ALIVE, THE CLOCK IS STILL TICKING.

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