Voters are overwhelmingly approving a state ballot measure inspired by the slayings of four Lakewood police officers by a convicted felon out on bail. As of this writing, the measure held more than 85 percent of the vote statewide.
House Joint Resolution 4220 proposes an amendment to the state Constitution to deny bail for persons charged with certain criminal offenses. The amendment would authorize courts to deny bail for crimes punishable by the possibility of life in prison, based on “clear and convincing” evidence that a defendant’s propensity towards violence likely would endanger others.
Maurice Clemmons was a potential third-striker out on bail nearly a year ago, when he walked into a coffee shop and gunned down Lakewood Police officers Greg Richards, Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold and Ronald Owens.