Dexter triple shooting prompts domestic violence bill

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill prompted by the killings of a mother and her two children in Dexter in June is being prepared for consideration by the Maine Legislature.

State Rep. Ken Fredette has submitted a bill title to amend Maine’s bail code to require consideration of domestic violence when setting bail for people charged with crimes.

The Newport Republican says details of the legislation are still under development, but it will likely include provisions regarding whether a suspect has a history of domestic violence or other violent acts.

Legislative leaders must decide whether to allow the bill to be considered during the session that starts in January.

Domestic violence led to the killings June 13 of Amy Lake, a kindergarten teacher in Dexter, and her children, 12-year-old Monica and 13-year-old Coty.

 

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