"Kathy's Law" Goes to State Senate

A bill that would strengthen restraining orders is one step closer to becoming law

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    Carlsbad mother Kathy Scharbarth was strangled and killed last November. Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Robles, was charged with the murder.

    A bill known as “Kathy’s Law” is one step closer to becoming law.

    A state Assembly unanimously approved the bill Wednesday named in honor of Kathleen "Kathy" Scharbarth, a 34-year-old Carlsbad mother who was strangled to death last November.

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    Just one week before searchers found her strangled and nude body, Kathleen Scharbarth turned to the justice system for help. (Published Monday, Nov 28, 2011)

    Scharbarth went missing on Thanksgiving Day. Detectives found her body the following day.

    Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Robles, was charged with the murder.

    In the days before her death, Scharbarth had filed a restraining order against Robles, citing episodes of disturbing, abusive behavior by Robles toward her.

    Robles later hanged himself in a Vista jail.

    Today, “Kathy’s Law” would strengthen restraining orders by allowing judges to order GPS monitoring devices for domestic violence suspects found to pose a threat to an alleged victim.

    The bill now goes to the state Senate.

    Check back for updates on this story.

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