Gateway murder trial

Lesser included charges (possibilities)

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The jury can convict Fred of first degree murder or can consider lesser offenses including, second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter.

Second degree murder is killing someone without premeditation and committing an act “imminently dangerous” to another with no regard for life.

It can also be committed while committing or attempting to commit another crime. In this case burglary qualifies.

It is a first degree felony punishable by life in prison

Third degree murder is unintentionally killing someone. The defendant cannot be engaged in another crime and there is a long list of crimes. The list does include burglary.

Manslaughter is killing someone through negligence and is a second degree felony.

Sentencing for each crime is dependent on several factors, which include whether or not the defendant has been convicted of a felony in the past.


Written by Melissa Hudson

October 15, 2008 at 10:48 am

Posted in Day 10

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