What are the differences between first and second degree murder?
In most cases, the distinction between first and second degree murder is based on whether the murderer planned the crime before committing it.
If a homicide is premeditated and planned before the act is committed, it is considered murder in the first degree. If a homicide is committed in the “heat of the moment” and is not planned beforehand, it is considered murder in the second degree.
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