Murder Charge in Columbus, Georgia
Crimes that involve an individual taking the life of another—either intentionally or by accident—are classified as homicides. These include voluntary and involuntary manslaughter as well as murder.
Murder is distinguished from other homicide crimes by the element of intent. In order to be convicted of murder, the prosecution must prove that the killing was done intentionally or with “malice afterthought” as it is worded in the law.
No Degrees in Georgia
While some states recognize varying degrees of murder (such as first or second), all premeditated and malicious killings that occur in Georgia are charged as murder and are subject to the state’s harsh punishment:
- Death, or
- Life in prison without parole
Felony murder is charged when an individual kills someone while committing a felonious act—even if the killing was unintentional. For example, if you commit arson and someone dies in the fire, you can be charged with both the arson offense and felony murder.
Felony murder is punished as all other murders are in our state: either by death or life in prison.