First degree murder

Definition of First degree murder

Murder committed with deliberately premeditated malice aforethought, or with extreme atrocity or cruelty, or in the commission or at tempted commission of a crime punishable with death or imprisonment for life, is murder in the first degree. State v. McLaughlin, 286 N.C. 597, 213 S.E.2d 238, 244. Distinction between "first degree murder” and "second degree murder” is a presence of a specific intent to kill. Com. v. O’Searo, 466 Pa. 224, 352 A.2d 30, 38. See also Murder; Premeditation.

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