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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Documents were lodged by North Carolina stateprosecutors in response to appeals by Molly and Tom Martens against their convictions for second degree murder three years ago.
Indeed, does there even need to be an actual victim, an actual human being (in close proximity or otherwise), before an attempted second degree murder conviction can be obtained?
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An American-style system of first and second degree murder may be brought in, meaning shorter jail terms for some.
Conrad Murray be upgraded to that of a second degree murder following the new allegations.
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The jury in the retrial at Los Angeles Superior Court was unanimous in its verdict of second degree murder, as required by Californian law.
The jury will have to decide whether Entwistle is guilty of first degree murder, if he acted with deliberate premeditation and mal ice; gui lty of second degree murder, if he intended to cause death or grievous bodily harm; or not guilty.