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A homicide is any death of a person caused by another individual, and the justice system draws distinctions between three large subcategories: intentional murder, manslaughter and justifiable homicide. Murder refers to cases in which a client is accused of intentionally killing the victim.
First-degree murder, the most serious type of murder in California, applies to instances where the victim was killed in one of the following ways:
California also recognizes capital murder, which is punishable by the death penalty. By statute, there are more than 20 scenarios that make a first-degree murder a death penalty-eligible offense. Second-degree murder is also recognized in those situations where the person is accused of intentionally killing the victim, but not in a manner that was premeditated.
There are 43 special circumstances which turn ordinary murder into capital murder:
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