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Man Arrested for Murder at Child’s Birthday Party in Roswell

Posted by Richard Lawson | May 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pedro Navarro, a 44-year-old man, has been arrested for stabbing and killing a woman at no other than a child's birthday party in Roswell.

According to police and witnesses of the offense, Navarro and the woman were in a relationship that ended over a year ago. He approached the woman at the party and stabbed her several times with a knife.

Navarro then stabbed himself in the chest. Both were transported to the hospital where the woman was pronounced dead, and where Navarro was in police custody until treated for his injuries. He was then arrested and booked at the Fulton County Jail.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will jump into the law behind what Navarro has been arrested for. There are many different types of homicide offenses in the state of Georgia. Homicide refers to the killing of a human being by another human being. In today's post, I will outline the law behind murder in Georgia.

Murder in Georgia

Murder in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-5-1 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.

Georgia Law also defines 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. However, malice will be implied where no considerable provocation appears and where all the circumstances of the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart.

Murder is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalty for a murder conviction will be life in prison without parole, the death penalty, or life in prison.

Practice Note

Felony Murder, Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, and Involuntary Manslaughter are all terms that refer to the killing of another.

However, without the help of a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, these terms are overwhelming and practically impossible to distinguish. That is why you need a lawyer who is familiar with all of the murder crimes and knows the complexities of each one.

If you or a loved one has been arrested in Georgia, contact our offices today. From misdemeanor crimes to felony crimes - we have you covered. Call now.

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Richard Lawson

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