Helpful Hints
  • (1) You can search the entire content of Dean’s by phrase or by individual words. Just type your keywords into the search box and then pull down the search icon on the right and choose the option you need: search by word or by phrase or reset the content.
  • (2) Double click on a word in the content of a definition, and if the word is listed as a keyword in Dean’s, it will look that word up.
  • (3) You can use the search function to help jump the scrolling function. Simply type the first 2-3 letters into the search box then hit enter on your keyboard and the scroll will go to those Keywords that begin with those letters and allow you to scroll from there.

Those murders that are committed with premeditation and deliberation or under special circumstances are murders in the first degree. All murders that are perpetrated by means of poison, torture, bombs, etc. or lying in wait are automatically first-degree murder. There is no need to show any further evidence of deliberation and premeditation. Felony murder is also considered to be first-degree murder in many jurisdictions. Premeditation: The idea of killing was entertained prior to the act of killing; there is no set time limit for this premeditation. Deliberation: Defendant was acting calmly and he did in fact reflect on the idea of killing.

The lesser included offenses of first-degree murder are: 1) Second degree murder. 2) Attempted first-degree murder. 3) Attempted second degree murder. 4) Voluntary manslaughter. 5) Attempted voluntary manslaughter. 6) Battery. 7) Assault. degree murder.

At common law, murder was defined as the unlawful killing of another human being with 'malice aforethought.' Because the common law definition of 'malice aforethought' was extremely flexible, 'it became over time an 'arbitrary symbol' used by trial judges to signify any of the number of mental states deemed sufficient to support liability for murder.' John S. Baker, Jr., Daniel H. ...

Register or login to access full content