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The unlawful killing of a human being by another with malice aforethought, either express or implied


n the intentional termination of another human being's life through physical (violent), chemical (poisoning, illicit drugs, etc.), or neglectful (abusive) means.

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Q. My friend is imprisoned for a planned murder. My friend is imprisoned for a planned murder. Family and friend assumes that he is bipolar, but as yet he is not been diagnosed. He has answered yes to all the questions in a questionnaire to indicate bipolar. Bipolar do commit murder often and would he have been manic when he did it?

A. It is not uncommon for someone suffering with bipolar to commit crimes, mostly this happens in a manic state. His family can talk to his lawyer about getting him a pychological evaluation, if he is dagnosed bipolar they can begin to treat him. He will still be responsible for his actions but they can work with him to make him better. Good luck

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However, some killers who would now be convicted of manslaughter could be upgraded to second degree murder.
Derek King, 14, yesterday bowed his head as he was convicted of the second degree murder of his 40-year-old father Terry at a court in Pensacola, Florida, yesterday.
There were plenty of angry remarks directed at Marjorie Knoller, 46, found guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter, and her husband Robert Noel, 60, found guilty of manslaughter.