What is 2nd degree unintentional murder, manslaughter, and 3rd degree murder?
Recently, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, after the 12 jurors convicted the ex-cop of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Let's find out what these charges mean.
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Second-Degree unintentional murder
In second-degree unintentional murder, the lawyers just have to prove that the victim was killed while committing or trying to commit a felony. It's also called felony murder. In this case, prosecutors don't have to prove the intention, but only that the accused intended to apply unlawful force that caused bodily harm.
For this count, jurors must find that the accused's actions were carried out with a reckless disregard for and conscious indifference to the loss of life.
To prove this count, the lawyers show that the accused caused death through culpable negligence, the move that led to an unreasonable risk. The accused also consciously took the chance of causing severe injury or death.