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Solicitor Duffie Stone On New Policy for Shootings

In the Lowcountry, tougher prosecution is on the way for those who fire in fatal shootings.  It's a policy the solicitor is calling "every bullet, every shooter." 

 

If you're part of a shooting spree that turns fatal, you are prosecuted for murder, even if you did not fire the fatal bullet.  It's a policy that stems from law dating back to the 16th century.

 

"Every shooter is responsible for every bullet fired regardless of whether their bullet is the one that killed the person," Stone said.  "And that's how we're going to approach it. We're going to indict these people, we're going to try them for murder whether their bullet was the fatal bullet or not. If they're shooting, they're going to be charged," he said.

 

Sounds simple, but Stone says it's really quite complicated.

 

"Everyone thinks of it as ‘the hand of one is the hand of all.' That's when all three people are taking part in one action and are responsible for the crime as a group. This is people who are not necessarily banding together. In fact in many cases we're seeing gang members shooting at other gang members."

Stone says he has done a lot of research, and is convinced the law allows him to do this.  He believes the jurors are ready for it, too. 

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