The state's general revenue fund is set to get a 12-million-dollar boost. The money had previously been set aside each year to fund death penalty cases but now that it has been abolished, there's no need to pay the fund. Forsyth Representative Bill Mitchell says he'd like to see the money go toward trying first degree murder cases, particularly in small, rural counties.
Forsyth Representative Bill Mitchell says he is willing to try, but it's unlikely a new fund will be set up.
The Capital Litigation Fund is set to expire at the end of this year. Mitchell says he plans to introduce legislation that would create a first-degree murder fund in its place.