WEAKEST LYNX - Fiona Quinn
A HOMICIDE - takes place when one person kills another person. Not all homicides are murders. These words are not synonymous. There are justifiable/non-criminal homicides. These include:
- The defense of others (Mom saves her kids etc.)
- Officers use of deadly force in defense of self or others
MURDER - is the term used for unjustified homicide. It is a felony. A felony - is a serious crime that would imprison someone for over a year and could potentially lead to the death penalty.
Murder can then be broken down into smaller categories. These categories are based on the circumstance of the murder. Laws about required prison sentencing/punishments are ascribed to the different levels.
- Killing a police officer doing his duty
- A prisoner killing a corrections officer (prison or jail)
- Are premeditated, willful and deliberate. Someone thought then acted on that thought. Time of premeditation is not necessarily an issue be it a month planning session or a 3 second decision. "I saw the man who was making me a cuckold and decided I wasn't going to play that game anymore, so I pulled my gun."
- Someone planned to kill someone
- Killing a child under twelve during an abduction/attempted abduction.
- Someone died during a rape/attempted rape/sodemy,
- Someone died in an armed robbery/attempted armed robbery
- Someone hired someone else to commit to kill the person.
- Killing people in a crime/crime spree
- Killing someone during an illegal drug transaction for the purpose of continuing the transaction.
First-Degree - occur when a murder takes place during:
- Lying in wait
- Holding someone against their will
- Foreign object sexual penetration/forcible sodomy
Second- Degree Murder
- Definition varies by state.
- All murders are classified as 2nd degree until the prosecutors can prove an aggravating factor such as those listed above.
- The result of "reckless indifference for human life."
There are two types of manslaughter:
- Voluntary Manslaughter - is when things get out of hand like in a fight when your character throws a wild punch and collapses the guy's windpipe.
- Involuntary Manslaughter - is when someone dies because of the character's reckless behavior like in a car accident when your character ran the red light during a road race.
The characteristics of manslaughter include:
- Criminal homicide
- There was no premeditation, malice, or deliberation
- Happens because of someone's reckless behavior (ex. shooting celebratory gun shots) or careless behavior (ex. not putting up no smoking signs by the oxygen tanks.
I hope you found this helpful.