Law spearheaded by local detectives to crack down on convicted stalkers

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -- A double murder trial is underway right now and if convicted, the accused killer could face the death penalty -- the first case of it's kind in El Paso County in more than a decade.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signs House Bill 1150 into law.

At the time of the murder, Glen Galloway had already been convicted of stalking Janice Nam. But he hadn't been sentenced yet, so he was still out on bond. We're looking into how local detectives are making sure something like this can't happen again.

It's a horrific case that shocked our community. A victim of domestic violence allegedly killed at the hands of her abuser.

While he was out on bond, prosecutors say Glen Galloway cut off his ankle monitor, and killed his ex-girlfriend Janice Nam. The same woman he had just been convicted of stalking.

Her neighbors couldn't believe he was out of jail. "I was kinda shocked because I thought the guy would have been put away by now for past incidents," one neighbor told us at the time.

El Paso County Sheriff's Chief of Staff Janet Huffor can't go into detail about the case because of the ongoing trial. But she made it her goal to give victims more protection.

"It is a state of fear for those victims being unsure about where the person that's convicted of the crime, that they're the victim of – where they are, what they're doing, are they going around their house, are they visiting their work," said Huffor. "It's not uncommon for people that have been convicted of stalking to continue those habits and to continue to stalk their victims."

So she spearheaded a bill to keep convicted abusers in jail until they are sentenced, which can take up to a month or longer.

"These people that have been convicted of that crime are now in this volatile situation where they are found guilty. Their victim is still out and trying to be a productive citizen, and in some cases we have had some very bad results that happened in that three to five week time period, where we even had someone who was murdered," said Huffor.

The felony stalking bill was signed into law last year. Click here to read more about House Bill 17-1150 No Bail for Stalking and Domestic Violence Offenders.

"So once somebody has been convicted of felony domestic violence, they are now held without bond and they report to the criminal justice center. They will stay there until their sentencing date and then through whatever their sentence is, and then they would transfer on to DOC," said Huffor.

It's a safety net for survivors to give them more security in their darkest hour.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, there is help out there. TESSA is a local non-profit. You can call their crisis line at 719-633-3819. Click here for TESSA's website.