Police have arrested Christy Love-Bullock for allegedly murdering her husband early Saturday morning in Gwinnett County. Neighbors called police when they discovered a body in the middle of the road. Montez Love-Bullock was found in the middle of Apple Grove Road, and investigators have reported that he died of a gunshot wound.
His wife, Christy Love-Bullock, remains in Gwinnett County jail on charges of murder. She has been denied bond.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will focus today's post on the law behind murder in the state of Georgia.
Murder in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines the criminal offense of Murder in Georgia 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.” O.C.G.A. §16-5-1(a).
According to the legal statute, malice is required to commit murder. By law, malice is having a wicked motive or an intention to do evil. Georgia Courts will imply malice when there is no considerable provocation done by the alleged victim.
To convict someone of murder in the state of Georgia, the prosecution must prove that the accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This can only be done by demonstrating through evidence that there was either express or implied malice involved in the killing of another human being. The penalty for a murder conviction in Georgia is a life sentence in prison without parole, the death penalty, or life in prison.
Being accused of murder is a very serious matter no matter what state you're in. However, if you or a loved one has been accused of a crime in Georgia, you will need the help of a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney. Proper representation could mean the difference between life in prison and being deemed innocent by the state of Georgia.
Wrongful accusations happen more often than anyone would like to admit. Just because there has been a death does not mean that the accused person is legally responsible or that malice was involved in the act.
There are Georgia Criminal Defenses that apply in the case of a wrongful accusation. We are here to help in any way that we can. Call us today.
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