murder by torture – murder preceded by intentional infliction of pain and suffering on the victim

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murder by torture:

1. A murder preceded by the intentional infliction of pain and suffering on the victim. [1]

     Excerpt from 2 Charles E. Torcia’s Wharton’s Criminal Law (15th ed. 1994):

     “ln some jurisdictions, a murder by torture may constitute murder in the first degree.  It occurs when a defendant intentionally inflicts pain and suffering upon his victim for the purpose of revenge, extortion, or persuasion. [2]


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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]: 2 Charles E. Torcia, Wharton’s Criminal Law 5 144, at 281 (15th ed. 1994).


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