HARRISBURG, Pa. — A law intended to protect the victims of domestic violence is headed to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf.
Tierne's Law was named in honor of Tierne Ewing, a Washington County woman who was kidnapped and brutally beaten to death by her estranged husband, Kevin Ewing.
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Kevin Ewing had been arrested several weeks prior to the kidnapping on suspicion of domestic violence, but he was out of jail on bail.
The bill clarifies existing legislation that allows judges to use risk assessment tools when setting bail in domestic violence cases.
Channel 11 keeps in touch with Ewing's parents, who have followed the bill's progress from the beginning.
"I never knew my daughter touched so many lives," said Ewing's mother, Annelle Kopko.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Carmen Bartolotta, who represents parts of Beaver, Washington and Greene counties.
Bartolotta called Ewing's parents to let them know the bill had passed and invited them to come to Harrisburg when the governor signs it.
If you or someone you know needs help, there are resources available:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
List of Shelters
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania
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