Homicide Related Offenses



"Murder" is defined as the killing of a person with malice aforethought, either express or implied. Malice is hatred or ill will or hostility towards another person and is the intentional doing of a wrongful act without just cause or excuse and with an intent to inflict an injury or under circumstances that the law will infer an evil intent. “Malice aforethought” must exist in the mind of the defendant just before and at the time that the act is committed and may be expressed or inferred. The penalty for murder is either death or by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment for thirty years to life.


Attempted Murder

Attempted murder is when a person, with intent to kill, attempts to kill another person with malice aforethought, either expressed or implied. The penalty for attempted murder is imprisonment for not more than thirty years.



Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another person without malice express or implied. Manslaughter is often described as an intentional killing in the heat of passion upon sufficient legal provocation. The penalty is imprisonment for more than thirty years or less than two years.


Involuntary Manslaughter

Involuntary manslaughter is causing the death of another person due to criminal negligence, which is defined as the reckless disregard of the safety of others. The penalty is imprisonment of not more than five years.

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