For Immediate Release: March 20, 2007
Senator Charles Wyrick
Senate Committee Approves Bill to Change Statute of Limitations
The Senate Judiciary Committee
has given approval to a measure to ensure the statute of limitations
on “accessory” crimes is the same as in the substantive
crime in a particular case. Sen. Charles Wyrick, D-Fairland,
is Senate author of House Bill 1285. Wyrick explained the bill
came as the result of the murder of a baby in his district.
“At the time there was no evidence that could be used
to prove the baby was murdered, but years later the mother confessed
and her boyfriend confessed he’d lied about the crime
to police,” Wyrick said. “She could still be charged
in the crime, but the statute of limitations on charging him
as an accessory had run out.”
Prosecutors ultimately were able to charge the boyfriend with
a lesser crime, but had the statute of limitations not run out,
they could have put him behind bars for up to 45 years, instead
of 10 or less.
Rep. Larry Glenn, D-Miami, is the House author of the measure.
He said he was gratified to see the bill clear its first hurdle
in the Senate.
“This bill basically closes a loophole that allows guilty
parties to evade justice because of the statute of limitations.
That should certainly never happen in a homicide case—particularly
in the murder of a baby,” Glenn said. “If this becomes
law, we can prevent this from happening again.”
HB 1285 now moves to the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Senator Wyrick's Office: (405) 521-5561