The trial court gave the following jury instruction regarding murder in the first degree
: "To constitute murder in the first degree
, it is not necessary that the fatal beating, wounding or striking be given with the specific intent to kill; it is sufficient if it be given willfully and maliciously, and with the intent to inflict great bodily harm, and death ensue." (65)
"Murder in the first degree
is where you intend to kill somebody and you plan to do it beforehand.
The 53-year-old man, who was under the influence of a controlled substance, was arrested on August 6 and charged with Aggravated Murder in the First Degree
The jury's verdict in each case was the same - guilty of murder in the first degree
. All six defendants were sentenced to the mandatory term of life imprisonment without parole.
WORCESTER - The one thing all 15 of them had in common was the charge they were facing - murder in the first degree