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What are Murder and Homicide?

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While murder and homicide both describe the act of killing another human being; circumstances surrounding the charges are different. First, killing another human being is considered homicide, while murder requires the intent to kill another human being. Second, homicide can be used to describe any death where another person is at fault, but there are mitigating circumstances that can influence the charge of homicide.

Murder is almost always a crime

Murder requires the intent to kill another human being.  Even if the intent was to kill a specific person and instead another person dies, the intent to kill remains.  Unless mitigating circumstances exist, authorities will apply the charge of murder to the case.

Mitigating Circumstances

The United States and Texas allow for conditions that “affect the balance of the mind” to be regarded as mitigating circumstances. This means that a person may be found guilty of “manslaughter” on the basis of “diminished responsibilty.”  Rather than murder, if it’s proven the killer suffered from a condition affecting his judgement, it can be designated as manslaughter. Circumstances include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and medication side-effects.

Aggravating Circumstances

Certain circumstances are considered enhancements or aggravating in the United States and Texas. These circumstances include:

  • Premeditation
  • Poisoning
  • Murder of a police officer, judge, fireman, or witness to a crime
  • Murder of a pregnant woman
  • Crime committed for pay or other reward
  • Exceptional brutality or cruelty
  • Felony murder rule

The felony murder rule broadens the crime of murder in two ways. First, when an offender kills accidentally or without specific intent to kill during the commission of a felony, the offender can be charged with murder. Second, it makes any participant in such a felony criminally liable for any deaths that occur during or in the furtherance of that felony.

Homicide is not always a crime

Although homicide is also used to describe the act of killing another human being, the primary difference between murder and homicide relies upon intent.

Types of Homicide

Justifiable Homicide
The concept of justifiable homicide stands on the dividing line between an excuse, justification and an exculpation. Furthermore, it differs from other forms of homicide in that, due to certain circumstances, the homicide is justified as preventing greater harm to innocents. A homicide can only be justified if there is sufficient evidence to suggest it was reasonable to believe the offending party posed an imminent threat to the life or well being of another.
State-sanctioned Homicide
Homicides conducted by the state, as in the execution of the death penalty and war.
Criminal Homicide
Criminal homicide takes several forms and includes certain unintentional killings. Depending on the state of mind of the defendant and the statutes defining the crime, criminal homicide can be classified as murder or manslaughter.

Possible Defenses for Murder and Homicide

  • Defense of self, home, family, or another innocent person
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Provable innocence
  • Battered spouse
  • Insanity

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