Noncriminal (nonfelonious) Homicide:

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nonfelonious homicide (1896) A killing that is legally either excusable or justifiable.

innocent homicide (1884) Homicide that does not involve criminal guilt.

Various Forms of
Nonfelonious Homicide:

excusable homicide – homicide by accident or self-defense. — aka justifiable homicide.

justifiable homicide – the killing of another person in self-defense, to prevent a crime or a criminal’s escape, or as execution for a capital crime.


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[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
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[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[4]: J.W. Cecil Turner, Kenny’s Outlines of Criminal Law 109 (16th ed. 1952).

[5]: H.L.A. Hart, “Prolegomenon to the Principles of Punishment,” in Punishment and Responsibility 1, 13 (1968).


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