(Includes murder in the first, second and third degree, manslaughter, criminal vehicular homicide and injury.)

One of the most serious areas of violent crime is homicide — killing a person, whether lawfully or unlawfully. Murder in the First Degree occurs where a person causes the death of a human being with premeditation and with the intent to effect the death of another person. The law requires that a person convicted of murder in the first degree be sentenced to imprisonment for life. Justifiable homicide and excusable homicide are lawful homicides, while criminal homicide, negligent homicide, reckless homicide and vehicular homicide are unlawful homicides. Manslaughter occurs where a person is guilty of causing the death of another person in the heat of passion or by culpable negligence which creates and unreasonable risk of causing death or great bodily harm.

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