In Peterson’s case, the evidence of prior abuse (testimony from Anna Doman and Eric Peterson, an emergency room report, etc.) was deemed too remote in time from Kathleen’s death to be admissible, and that could still be the case even with this new law since proximity in time is still a factor to be considered, but it’s a step in the right direction!
Public Act 097-1036
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that in a criminal prosecution in which the defendant is accused of first degree murder or second degree murder when the commission of the offense involves domestic violence, evidence of the defendant’s commission of another offense or offenses of domestic violence is admissible, and may be considered for its bearing on any matter to which it is relevant. Effective immediately.
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