second degree murder

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second degree murder

n. a non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility. Second degree murder is different from First Degree Murder which is a premeditated, intentional killing, or results from a vicious crime such as arson, rape, or armed robbery. Exact distinctions on degree vary by state. (See: murder, first degree murder, manslaughter)

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An Anchorage grand jury indicted Marquis Eloi and Scotty Mataia on Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Tampering with Evidence, and other charges related to the sale of illegal drugs and the possession of weapons.
Missouri Revised Statutes Section 565.021.1(1) states: "A person commits the crime of murder in the second degree if he [k]nowingly causes the death of another person or, with the purpose of causing serious physical injury to another person, causes the death of another person." (81) Subsection 2 states that the defendant is guilty of second-degree murder if he "[c]ommits or attempts to commit any felony, and ...
Driver Auvryn Scarlett, 52, has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of assault in the first degree, the local District Attorney's Office said.