When a person kills someone, regardless of intent or other details surrounding the incident, it is generally called a homicide. Let's explore the different categories of homicide in the Buckeye State.
Different Types of Murder in Ohio
In Ohio, there are two types of homicides other than manslaughter: aggravated murder and murder.
What Is Aggravated Murder?
Aggravated murder (also called first-degree murder) is the most serious type of homicide because it is planned and done on purpose with some type of evil intent. This type of murder is considered "aggravated" because of the type of victim involved.
Aggravated Murder Victims
In order for a case to qualify for capital punishment, the murder must involve "aggravating circumstances." The law provides specific circumstances which it considers "aggravating" that includes most often:
The penalty for aggravated murder ranges from capital punishment to life imprisonment.
A special category exists for murders committed while engaging in another crime. If you commit murder in the perpetration or attempted perpetration any of the following, you will face the same penalty as aggravated murder:
|Code Sections||First-Degree Murder: Ohio Revised Code Section 2903.01|
|What is Prohibited?||
A planned or intentional homicide of another person or unborn fetus or a homicide while committing certain listed felonies.
|Felony Murder||A person commits felony murder (murder) if any death (even an accidental one) results from the commission of certain violent felonies -- such as arson, burglary, kidnapping, rape, and robbery.|
|Penalty||Capital punishment, life imprisonment without possibility of parole|
Possible wrongful death lawsuit
If you do find yourself facing an aggravated murder or felony murder charge, you may wish to contact an Ohio criminal defense attorney for assistance.
Contact a qualified attorney.