FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD DEGREE MURDER IN THE US
First, second, and third degree murders
What are the differences?
Just what are the differences between the three categories of murder known as first, second, and third degree?
I decided to do some research because there are situations in America where someone did not already kill anyone but was guilty of first degree murder by association; their companion killed someone but due to the circumstances of the incident which someone lost their life, they have been charged with the same crime as the one who did the actual killing.
First degree murder is premeditated murder and a killing which occurred during the time of action of a felony such as a robbery.
The Jennifer Mee case is a perfect example of a premeditated felony which resulted in death.
In her case, the murder was a consequence of the felony.
She arranged a date with a young man with the intention of robbing him. Her two male friends carried out the mugging with fatal consequences.
None of the trio had ever intended to kill the victim but it was a robbery gone wrong.
The murder was not premeditated but the robbery was.
Can someone explain to me how Jennifer planned to kill her victim.
I think a smart alec lawyer for the prosecution may be able to convince a jury that she is guilty but I do not know how.
Second degree murder is murder that is not premeditated or murder that is caused by the offenders without of attention to human life.
Third degree murder, also called manslaughter is an unplanned, unintentional killing that is not part of another felony.
The killing in a third degree murder can be involuntary or voluntary.
An involuntary murder case is where you kill someone by accident.
A voluntary killing can be where you punch someone killing them.
Jennifer’s case did fall into the first degree category, but there are two questions which is difficult to find an answer to and they are:
1 Why did Jennifer’s lawyer advise her to defend the charge instead of taking a plea bargain when there is no doubt that she set this whole thing up?
2 What justification is there for her to receive a life without parole sentence?
Imagine this; a drunk driver kills someone so shouldn’t he or she be charged with first degree murder since they committed a felony which resulted in death. Their felony was driving under the influence or someone assaults another person and the victim dies. Assault was the felony, consequently is it not reasonable that according to the law which says people who commit a felony resulting in death are guilty of first degree murder.
That is something to think about.
This all shows you how little empathy the system has for people.
Some people will say, “Their actions caused another person’s death consequently he/she has to pay for this.”
The justice system should be based on justice and not retribution but this is by no method always the case and Jennifer’s case is a perfect example.