Alfred Arnold has been arrested in South Georgia for the murder of Loretta Goolsby. Goolsby's body was found inside of a house in Rockdale County last Friday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has determined her death as a homicide.
Arnold is awaiting extradition to Rockdale County. He is facing charges of:
- Murder in Georgia
- First Degree Arson in Georgia
- Aggravated Assault in Georgia
- Theft by Taking in Georgia
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the offense of murder in today's post.
Murder in Georgia
Georgia Law defines murder in Georgia 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.
Malice is what separates the offense of murder from other homicide offenses such as:
Law 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. The law recognizes both express and implied malice.
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.
The penalty for a murder conviction will be life in prison without parole, the death penalty, or life in prison.
Most of the time when a person is arrested for a homicide offense, people automatically assume that person's guilt. No matter what the crime is - a person is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
There are situations in which people are wrongfully accused of homicide offenses. If you or a loved one has been arrested for committing a crime in Georgia, contact our offices today. The Best Georgia Criminal Attorney can provide the best defense for you in your case.