Criminal Homicide

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  • The killing of one human being by another without justification. This is considered a mala in se crime, a crime that is evil in and of itself. The word homicide is derived from the Latin homicidium; homo means human being, and caedere means to cut or to kill. Criminal homicide can include many different categories of murder, such as first-degree murder (killing with premeditation, deliberation, and malice aforethought), second-degree murder (murder of depraved indifference), felony murder (someone getting killed during the commission of another felony crime), voluntary manslaughter (murder committed with provocation), involuntary manslaughter (murder committed through recklessness or negligence), and so forth.


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