SB 426-1_ Filed 03/14/2002, 09:57

CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT

DIGEST FOR ESB 426



Citations Affected: IC 35-50-2.

Synopsis: Death penalty. Conference committee report for ESB 426. Provides that an individual less than 18 years of age may not receive a sentence of death. Requires a jury in a death penalty or life without parole murder trial to enter each aggravating circumstance on a special verdict form. Removes the jury override provision in a death penalty or life without parole proceeding. (This conference committee report: (1) retains a provision in the current law that provides that, if a jury is unable to make a sentencing recommendation in a death penalty or life without parole murder trial, the court must discharge the jury and proceed as if the hearing had been to the court alone; and (2) resolves a conflict with HEA 1012-2002.)

Effective: July 1, 2002.



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CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT

MR. SPEAKER:
    Your Conference Committee appointed to confer with a like committee from the Senate upon Engrossed House Amendments to Engrossed Senate Bill No. 426 respectfully reports that said two committees have conferred and agreed as follows to wit:

    that the Senate recede from its dissent from all House amendments and that the Senate now concur in all House amendments to the bill and that the bill be further amended as follows:

SOURCE: Page 2, line 1; (02)CC042602.2. -->     Page 2, line 1, after "IC 35-50-2-9" insert ", AS AMENDED BY HEA 1012-2002, SECTION 1,".
    Page 4, delete lines 10 through 42, begin a new paragraph and insert:
    "(d) If the defendant was convicted of murder in a jury trial, the jury shall reconvene for the sentencing hearing. If the trial was to the court, or the judgment was entered on a guilty plea, the court alone shall conduct the sentencing hearing. The jury or the court may consider all the evidence introduced at the trial stage of the proceedings, together with new evidence presented at the sentencing hearing. The court shall instruct the jury concerning the statutory penalties for murder and any other offenses for which the defendant was convicted, the potential for consecutive or concurrent sentencing, and the availability of good time credit and clemency. The court shall instruct the jury that, in order for the jury to recommend to the court that the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole should be imposed, the jury must find at least one (1) aggravating circumstance beyond a reasonable doubt as described in subsection (k) and shall provide a special verdict form for each aggravating circumstance alleged. The defendant may present any additional evidence relevant to:
        (1) the aggravating circumstances alleged; or
        (2) any of the mitigating circumstances listed in subsection (c).
    (e) For a defendant sentenced after June 30, 2002, except as provided by IC 35-36-9 , if the hearing is by jury, the jury shall recommend to the court whether the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole, or neither, should be imposed. The jury may recommend:
        (1) the death penalty; or
        (2) life imprisonment without parole;
only if it makes the findings described in subsection (k). The court shall make the final determination of the sentence, after considering the jury's recommendation, and the sentence shall be based on the same standards that the jury was required to consider. The court is not bound by the jury's recommendation. If the jury reaches a sentencing recommendation, the court shall sentence the defendant accordingly. After a court pronounces sentence, a representative of the victim's family and friends may present a statement regarding the impact of the crime on family and friends. The impact statement may be submitted in writing or given orally by the representative. The statement shall be given in the presence of the defendant.
    (f) If a jury is unable to agree on a sentence recommendation after reasonable deliberations, the court shall discharge the jury and proceed as if the hearing had been to the court alone.".
    Page 5, delete lines 1 through 10.
    (Reference is to ESB 426 as reprinted February 26, 2002.)




Conference Committee Report

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Engrossed Senate Bill 426



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igned by:

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    Senator ClarkRepresentative Dvorak
    Chairperson

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    Senator BowserRepresentative Foley

    Senate Conferees    House Conferees


CC042602/DI 69
2002