By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Physically and emotionally abused woman often seek protective court orders in an effort to keep their abusers at safe distances, but the results can be tragic.
In some cases, the woman is murdered. Afterward, her killer can argue that the crime was not premeditated, but was the result of "raw emotion," thus avoiding a first-degree murder conviction, said Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington.
To put more teeth in protective orders, Poole is introducing legislation that would require first-degree murder charges to be filed in those cases in which people protected by orders are murdered by the people from whom they sought protection.