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Monday, September 17, 2018

An Overview of Aggravated and Felony Murder in Ohio

Homicide is the act of killing another human being. In Ohio, the most serious type of homicide is referred to as aggravated murder. Aggravated murder, which is also called first-degree murder, is considered to be the most serious type of homicide due to the planning and intent involved in its commission. In other words, aggravated murder is planned by the perpetrator and then intentionally carried out. In addition, one may be charged with aggravated murder even without premeditation if the victim belongs to one of several statutorily defined categories. Due to its serious nature, an aggravated murder conviction can result in either life in prison or the death penalty. In Ohio, one may be charged with aggravated murder upon commission of any of the following acts:

  • The purposeful murder of a law enforcement officer while the officer was engaged in his or her official duties;

  • Intentionally killing another person with premeditation;

  • Unlawfully terminating another’s pregnancy after planning the act;

  • Killing another person or unlawfully terminating a woman’s pregnancy while attempting to commit or committing, or while fleeing immediately after attempting to commit or committing rape, kidnapping, aggravated arson, arson, robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary, trespass in a person’s home while they are present, terrorism, or escape;

  • Purposely killing another person while in prison for conviction of a felony or while out of prison after escaping; or

  • Purposely murdering an individual under the age of 13 years old.

Felony Murder

In addition to aggravated murder, Ohio has designated a category of murder for situations in which a murder is committed during the commission of another crime. Known as felony murder, if an individual kills someone while committing or attempting to commit any of the following crimes, he or she will face the same penalties as aggravated murder:

  • Arson

  • Robbery

  • Burglary

  • Burglary

  • Rape

  • Trespass into a home when a person is present or likely to be present

  • Terrorism

  • Escape

Ohio Criminal Defense Attorneys

Anyone charged with a crime in Ohio faces serious potential consequences. Therefore, if you’re facing criminal charges of any kind in Ohio, you should strongly consider obtaining the services of an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our experienced Ohio criminal defense attorneys will work with you to devise the best possible defense strategy for your case. At Cox Keller Lusardi, we regularly represent residents of the Miami Valley region of Ohio who have been charged with crimes, utilizing our extensive criminal defense experience to ensure that all of our clients receive the strongest defense possible. In addition, we understand the terrible anxiety engendered by an arrest and its possible consequences. Therefore, you can count on our experienced criminal defense attorneys to treat you with respect and compassion as we fight for your rights. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

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