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A homicide occurs any time one human takes another human's life. In New Hampshire there are five types of criminal homicide: capital murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, and negligent manslaughter. The most serious forms of criminal homicide, capital murder and first-degree murder, both involve killings that occur with premeditation. This article provides a brief outline of New Hampshire's capital murder and first-degree murder laws.
Purposely causing the death or another, or knowingly causing the death of:
Another before, after, while engaging in the commission of, or while attempting to commit felonious sexual assault
Another before, after, while engaging in the commission of, or while attempting to commit robbery or burglary while armed with a deadly weapon (the death being caused by the use of such weapon)
Another while committing or attempting to commit arson, or
The president or vice-president of the United States, the governor of any state, any member of Congress, or any candidate for such office after having been nominated by his party, when the killing is motivated by knowledge of the foregoing capacity of the victim
First-degree murder is punished by life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.