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The unlawful killing of a human being by another with malice aforethought, either express or implied
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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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Summerwill faces two counts of second-degree murder, which is punishable by four to 20 years in prison upon conviction, but also is eligible for probation.
When Martin was originally convicted on second-degree murder, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Grace Elizabeth Ward's attorney entered the plea to the second-degree murder on her behalf as Ward sat in a wheelchair Friday in Shasta County Superior Court.
While South Dakota law statutorily defines second-degree murder as a lesser offense of first-degree murder, there is nothing in that section nor any other section that requires the State to inform a defendant that it will request a lesser offense instruction.
KALAMAZOO, Mich., Safar 08, 1438, November 08, 2016, SPA -- A man who plowed into a group of bicyclists with his pickup truck, killing five, in southwestern Michigan was ordered to trial Monday on second-degree murder charges after police said he "seemed completely out of it" because of drug use, according to AP.
Chapman, now 61, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of 20 years to life in Wende Correctional Facility in western New York.
But in Brown, a sharply divided (4-3) Florida Supreme Court recognized an offense of attempted second-degree murder with no intent-to-kill element, which occurs when one "commit[s] an act which would have resulted in the death of another except that someone prevented [one] from killing ...
LOS ANGELES (CyHAN)- A female doctor in the Greater Los Angeles area was convicted of second-degree murder Friday for the drug-overdose deaths of her three patients.
Douglas Hales is appealing his second-degree murder conviction in the violent death of Darlene Bosse.
(10) Specifically, the statute (hereinafter referred to as the "Pennsylvania Approach"), which was adopted by nearly all of the other states following its enactment in Pennsylvania, divides criminal homicides into "(1) first-degree murder, (2) second-degree murder, (3) voluntary manslaughter, and (4) lesser manslaughters." (11) The critical distinction is the one between first-and second-degree murder.