A man was sentenced to life in prison after accepting a plea deal. According to the prosecution, the man played a role in the shooting death of another man. He then burned the body and buried the remains in a makeshift grave in a wooded area.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the crime of murder in today's post.
Murder in Georgia
Murder in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-5-1(a) as:
A person commits the offense of murder when he unlawfully and with malice aforethought, express or implied, causes the death of another human being.
There are a few very important terms that set murder apart from other homicide offenses in our state such as voluntary manslaughter in Georgia.
Our courts define malice as a wicked or corrupt motive or an intention to do evil and which the result is fatal and an unlawful objective to kill without justification or mitigation.
Express malice is the deliberate intention to unlawfully take the life of another human being, which is manifested by external circumstances capable of proof. Malice shall be implied where no considerable provocation appears and where all the circumstances of the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart.
It probably goes without saying that the criminal offense of murder is classified as a felony in the state of Georgia. The penalty if convicted of murder is either life in prison without the possibility of parole, a life sentence, or the death penalty.
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