DENVER — Should convicted stalkers be eligible for bail before their sentencing? That question was in the spotlight at the State Capitol on Thursday.
Lawmakers debated a measure sponsored by Rep. Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, that would eliminate bail for convicted stalkers.
Navarro was inspired to craft the measure after hearing the story of Janice Nam, a 28-year-old woman who police said was killed by her convicted stalker while he was out on bond awaiting sentencing last year.
Glenn Galloway was arrested and is awaiting his murder trial that will be the first death penalty case in 10 years in El Paso County.
“She was scared for her life because she didn’t know what he was going to do to her next,” Nam’s sister said in a statement read during a House Judiciary Hearing on Thursday.
“She believed he wouldn’t stop until she was dead if he was taken into custody Janice’s would have been able to move on.”
During the hearing, opposition mounted over requiring every case to be treated the same. Some lawmakers argued some convicted stalkers are not even given any jail time.
The committee decided to lay over the bill until another day this session so amendments could be discussed.
“I really want to keep the victims that are very vulnerable right now safe,” Navarro said.