BRITNY'S LAW: NC Senate Bill 600- Make Domestic Violence Homicide a First Degree Offense
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Britny Jordan Puryear was 22 years old when she was murdered by the father of her 5 month old son, on November 6, 2014. Britny was the sweetest person. She always put others first. In high school, she played soccer and softball. She was an A/B Honor Roll student. She was a great friend and teammate. She was a loving daughter, sister, and mother.
On November 6, 2014, Britny was shot and killed by her boyfriend, the father of their baby. Britny was shot in the back of the head at point blank range with her 5 month old son nearby. Britny's murderer admitted to being the shooter and hiding the murder weapon. Witnesses came forward to testify about a past pattern of abuse, including being choked unconscious while pregnant and thrown down a flight of stairs while pregnant. The autopsy showed the murder was intentional and that there had been a past pattern of physical abuse.
The District Attorneys Office told us that we had enough evidence to go to trial for first degree murder but that it would be very difficult to get a conviction for first degree due to the difficulty in proving "pre-meditation" in domestic violence cases. Most domestic violence murderers receive a sentence for second degree murder as it only takes one juror to consider it a "crime of passion" or an "argument gone wrong". Britny's murderer took a plea deal and was sentenced for second degree murder.
Due to the difficulty in proving "pre-meditation", domestic violence murderers are receiving less time for killing their intimate partners instead of more time. Britny's Law would make getting a first degree conviction easier by proving a "past pattern of abuse" instead of "pre-meditation". Britny's Law has been introduced in the North Carolina Senate as Senate Bill 600 (S.B. 600). Britny's Law says "If there is a past pattern of domestic abuse, and you kill your intimate partner while committing domestic abuse, it is a first degree offense". Since Britny's death, there has been more than one domestic violence homicide per week in North Carolina alone.
Please sign our petition for "Britny's Law" to make sure domestic abusers are held accountable for killing their intimate partners.
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