Hollie's Law: Harsher punishment for domestic violence in front of children

Published: Mar. 3, 2016 at 2:21 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 31, 2016 at 1:21 AM CDT
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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A murder victim's family is fighting to pass a law to strengthen punishment for domestic violence attacks that occur in front of children.

Randy Newbury struggled to find words and fight back tears as he opened up about the importance of a law named after his daughter.

"It's too late to help Hollie, but if it can help somebody else that would be great," said Newbury.

It is called Hollie's Law and it calls for stricter punishment for domestic violence offenders whose crimes happen in front of children under 18 years old.

The bill also includes a capital offense for a murder of a parent or guardian in front of a child.

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That's exactly what happened to Hollie Newbury, nearly seven years ago.

She was killed in front of her children back in 2009 during a custody exchange by her estranged husband Christopher Rich.

Hollie's father, a man of few words, hopes this law will pass to help others and most importantly help his two granddaughters understand their mother's death wasn't all in vain.

"The kids, they keep us going," said Newbury.

Not a day goes by Newbury doesn't try to teach the girls, now seven and 12 about the woman they call Mom.

"How loving she was, friendly open, just about anybody could become friends with her at the drop of a hat," Newbury added.

The bill was read before the House for the first time last week.  It will have to pass the House before it can move on to the Senate.

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