Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2013
Sen. Anthony Sykes
Bill closing loophole on meth fire deaths clears committee
Sen. Anthony Sykes has won approval for legislation
targeting individuals who cause fatal fires as a result of cooking
methamphetamine. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted
unanimously for Senate Bill 942, ensuring those responsible for
such deaths can be charged with first degree murder.
“Criminal law is very specific—what constitutes a certain
crime has to be clearly spelled out in the statutes,” said
Sykes, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “We know making
meth is dangerous, and it can cause deadly fires. I was approached
by a prosecutor about changing our statutes to specifically address
this kind of fatal fire and hold meth manufacturers fully accountable.”
Sykes said this scenario was a good example of why it is important
for the legislature to be able to revisit criminal statutes.
“Simply put, things change. People find new ways to use technology
or chemistry to commit crimes that can cause serious harm to others.
When our felony murder laws were written, no one had ever anticipated
the creation of a drug like meth and the serious threat it poses
to individuals and to society,” Sykes said. “Updating
our laws gives prosecutors the tools they need to ensure dangerous
criminals are held fully accountable. That’s the intent of
The measure now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Sykes: (405) 521-5569