Murder

MURDER

Murder is the most serious charge that you can face in our society. If you are charged with murder, you should immediately retain an attorney that has experience handling murder cases. It is important to have someone that knows how to investigate your case, speak with prosecutors and is prepared to go to trial if it is needed. The James Bible Law Group and the attorneys that we work with are highly skilled trial attorneys that have significant experience with murder cases. Many Attorneys that have reached out to the James Bible Law Group to assist them and even co try their murder cases with them. In addition to having handled murder cases all the way through trial we have also been able to successfully negotiate resolutions for many of our clients who have been charged with murder.

In Washington State Homicide is defined as the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or omission of another, death occurring at any time, and is either murder, homicide by abuse, manslaughter, excusable homicide or justifiable homicide. Murder charges broken down into first and second degree in Washington State.

Murder in the First Degree: A person in the State of Washington may be found guilty of Murder in the First Degree if the Prosecutor is able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person did the following.

  • (a) With a premeditated intent to cause the death of another person, he or she causes the death of such person or of a third person; or
  • (b) Under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life, he or she engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to any person, and thereby causes the death of a person; or
  • (c) He or she commits or attempts to commit the crime of either (1) robbery in the first or second degree, (2) rape in the first or second degree, (3) burglary in the first degree, (4) arson in the first or second degree, or (5) kidnapping in the first or second degree, and in the course of or in furtherance of such crime or in immediate flight therefrom, he or she, or another participant, causes the death of a person other than one of the participants: Except that in any prosecution under this subdivision (1)(c) in which the defendant was not the only participant in the underlying crime, if established by the defendant by a preponderance of the evidence, it is a defense that the defendant:
  • (i) Did not commit the homicidal act or in any way solicit, request, command, importune, cause, or aid the commission thereof; and
  • (ii) Was not armed with a deadly weapon, or any instrument, article, or substance readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury; and
  • (iii) Had no reasonable grounds to believe that any other participant was armed with such a weapon, instrument, article, or substance; and
  • (iv) Had no reasonable grounds to believe that any other participant intended to engage in conduct likely to result in death or serious physical injury.
  • (2) Murder in the first degree is a class A felony.

Murder in the Second Degree: Murder in the Second Degree a class A Felony. A person in the State of Washington may be found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree the Prosecutor is able to prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • (a) With intent to cause the death of another person but without premeditation, he or she causes the death of such person or of a third person; or
  • (b) He or she commits or attempts to commit any felony, including assault, other than those enumerated in RCW 9A.32.030(1)(c), and, in the course of and in furtherance of such crime or in immediate flight therefrom, he or she, or another participant, causes the death of a person other than one of the participants; except that in any prosecution under this subdivision (1)(b) in which the defendant was not the only participant in the underlying crime, if established by the defendant by a preponderance of the evidence, it is a defense to felony murder that the defendant:
    • (i) Did not commit the homicidal act or in any way solicit, request, command, importune, cause, or aid the commission thereof; and
    • (ii) Was not armed with a deadly weapon, or any instrument, article, or substance readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury; and
    • (iii) Had no reasonable grounds to believe that any other participant was armed with such a weapon, instrument, article, or substance; and
    • (iv) Had no reasonable grounds to believe that any other participant intended to engage in conduct likely to result in death or serious physical injury.

If you are being investigated for murder you need to contact an attorney with experience handling these types of cases. The James Bible Law Group can help you. Contact (425) 748-4585 or (425) 519-3675.

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