New Missouri Law Codified Person Can Be Charged With Homicide, Even If Suspect Targets Random Person

(MissouriNet) A new Missouri law codifies that a person can be charged with homicide and had the premeditated intent to kill, even if the suspect targeted a random victim.

The law is in honor of Alex Marley, who was killed in St. Louis County in 2018, after offering the hitch-hiking shooter a ride.

Marley’s father spoke Wednesday at the Missouri Capitol during a ceremonial signing on the bill.

State Senator Mary Elizabeth Coleman, who sponsored the bill, says the law ensures that a prosecutor does not misinterpret case law that has held this position for more than 100 years.