South Fulton, Ga. - According to reports out of South Fulton, authorities are now offering a reward for any information regarding the suspect or suspects involved in the murder of a man who's body was discovered earlier in the summer.
The man's body was found in a burned car on July 18th near Old National Highway. Investigators are still working to learn more.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the crime of murder as it is defined by Georgia Law in today's post.
Murder in Georgia
The Georgia Code defines murder in Georgia 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 manslaughter.
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.
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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