Homicide is the act of one human killing another. … Homicides can be divided into many overlapping legal categories, including murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, killing in war (either following the laws of war or as a war crime), euthanasia, and capital punishment, depending on the circumstances of the death.

So the difference between murder and homicide is that murder is included in the category of Homicide, Homicide is the overarching category that includes the other types of death.

Homicides are criminal, excusable, or justifiable.   A criminal homicide is unjustifiable, with consequences being severe.  An excusable or justifiable homicide is one without criminal intent to kill someone.  Examples of excusable or justifiable homicide would be someone killing someone else as a means of self defense, or defending another person, or law enforcement who kills someone in the line of duty.

Murders are classified in different degrees depending on the gravity of the crime and the intent of the perpetrator.  The classifications of murder are first degree, second degree, and third degree or manslaughter.  Some states do not use the classification of third degree murder.

In first degree murder, there is premeditation and cruelty with afterthought.

Second degree murder is similar; however, it shows no premeditation.  Manslaughter or third degree murder is an act to harm someone that results in death.

If you or a loved one have been accused of either, criminal defense attorney Alex R. Hernandez Jr. has tried cases involving death.  Call today.

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