voluntary manslaugher – homicide committed with provocation or in the heat of passion

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first degree manslaughter:

1. An act of murder reduced to manslaughter because of extenuating circumstances such as adequate provocation (arousing the “heat of passion”) or diminished capacity. — aka voluntary manslaughter; intentional manslaughter; manslaughter in the first degree; unintentional murder. [1]

1. A homicide, in which the act of killing, although intentional, is committed under the influence of passion or in heat of blood, produced by an adequate or reasonable provocation and before a reasonable time has elapsed for the blood to cool and reason to resume in habitual control, such act not being the result of wickedness of heart, cruelty, or recklessness of disposition. 26 Am J1st Homi § 19. [2]

1.  A homicide committed with the intent to kill, but without deliberation, premeditation, or malice; i.e., a homicide committed with provocation or in the heat of passion.

Related Terms:

heat of passion – rage, terror, or furious anger suddenly aroused by another person’s words or actions, thereby reducing a murder charge to manslaughter.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[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.


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