third degree murder – a wrong that does not constitute first or second degree murder; few states have third degree murder within their legal codes

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third-degree murder:

1. A wrong that did not constitute murder at common law.  *  Only a few states have added to their murder statutes a third degree of murder.  The other states classify all murders in two degrees.  Manslaughter is not a degree of the crime of murder, but instead is a distinct offense. — aka murder of the third degree; murder three.[1]


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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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