"Tracy's Law" would add stalking misdemeanor to state code

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The brother of a Madison County murder victim is moving forward with a bill to strengthen current stalking laws in Alabama.

Brian Morris has already drafted a version of the bill he's calling "Tracy's Law" after his sister, who was assaulted and killed by a man Morris says stalked Tracy for two years before killing her.

Jason Sharp was sentenced to die in 2006 for the rape and murder of Tracy Lynn Morris.

The crime of stalking is currently a Class C felony in the Alabama code.

"Tracy's Law" would add a lesser form of misdemeanor stalking to the state code.

The aim is to punish stalkers for perpetuating unwanted behavior before they get dangerous.

Morris says Sharp sent his sister candy, flowers and notes, stopped by her home and called her repeatedly, even after she asked him to stop.

But Morris says Sharp didn't actually commit a punishable crime until the day he killed Tracy, and that's why this new law is needed.

"A law tailored to address the issue of stalking at a misdemeanor level where people can kind of get their wrists slapped or be forced to get the help they need before they really turn violent," Morris said.

Morris plans to meet with State Senator Paul Sanford Wednesday to discuss his bill and hopefully get it introduced in the next legislative session.

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