depraved heart murder


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The killing of a person by extreme atrocity, with malicious intent inferred by the nature of the act

depraved heart murder

Forensic psychiatry The killing of a person by extreme atrocity, with malicious intent inferred by the nature of the act. See Manslaughter, Murder, Serial murder.
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Instead, the prosecution could bring a charge of: (1) manslaughter, for which proof of recklessness would suffice;[22] (2) depraved heart murder (if the jurisdiction recognizes that offense, as does Maryland), for which proof of depraved indifference to human life is sufficient;[23] or (3) in the context of rape accompanied by the death of the victim from AIDS, felony-murder, for which proof of intent to commit the underlying felony of rape would suffice.
Attempted depraved heart murder is another charge unavailable to prosecutors in HIV-knowing-exposure cases because it is considered to be a logically impossible offense.