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Homicide Essay

  • Submitted by: StormyStrength
  • on March 19, 2012
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,973 words

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Our nation suffers from many different crimes but one of the most severe crimes is homicide or murder. When we hear the word homicide the first thing we may think is that somebody killed an individual. We might not think about what kind of homicide was it or if it was intentionally or not.   According to Stephanie A. Jirard, and as we might be familiar with, homicide is the killing of one human being by another (2009, p.139). The definition doesn’t say if it is intentional killing or accidental. This is because homicide is divided in different categories and degrees.
“Modern statues generally divide criminal homicide into two broad categories: murder and manslaughter” (Law Library-American law legal information, Homicide section, 2009, para.4). Murder is divided into 3 categories: first-degree murder, second-degree murder and Felony murder or third-degree murder. Manslaughter is divided into two categories: involuntary and voluntary murder. The similarity among all the different categories is that regardless of what kind of homicide they all involve the killing of an individual. The most serious homicide is the first-degree murder.
The descriptions of a First-degree murder are: “the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of another. The word willful in the means that the person meant to do the killing intentionally; the word deliberate means that the person had a “cool mind able to think rationally and was not acting under any rage, fear or prejudice” (Jirard, 2009, p.140); and premeditated means that the person planned the killing somehow including waiting, bringing a weapon to the scene, or putting together what he/she will do (Jirard, 2009, p.140). When a person kills another person using a specific object which   is not intended to be use to kill a person it will fall under the deadly weapon doctrine which allows the jury to assume that there was an intentional intent to kill or to cause a serious injury (Jirard, 2009, p.140). For example: there was a...

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