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There are a lot of violent crimes in Nevada but nothing could ever top a murder homicide. Taking a person’s life away is the most serious crime a person could ever commit, especially if it is done with malice. And rightly so, a Nevada murder is punishable by grave penalties such as a lifetime behind bars—and worse, a death penalty.

The Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) provides a clearer definition of what constitutes murder in Las Vegas, as well as its other factors that you need to know if you are presently facing the judgment of the offense.

Nevada Murder Homicide According to the NRS

According to NRS 200.010, murder is a type of homicide where the act of killing another human was carried out with malice. Simply put, the murderer has the clear intention of ending the life of someone through shooting, stabbing, beating, poisoning, and other means of killing. 

There is malice when there is no considerable provocation caused by the person killed or when it is evident that the suspect has killed with an “abandoned and malignant heart”. The latter means the killer could have not killed but still went through it.

Degrees of Murder Homicide

There are two degrees of Nevada murder homicide. The first-degree murder is the premeditated act of killing. The murderer knows the person will die of what he is about to do and has the full intent to fulfill it. To illustrate this, the first-degree murder in Las Vegas has a person buying insecticide and pouring it directly to the drink of the victim.

And while malice is a major indicator that a Nevada murder homicide is, in fact, a murder homicide, there exists a second-degree murder which is the killing of another person without premeditation or brought about by carelessness. An example is a man playing with a loaded gun and accidentally shooting his friend.

Apart from the two degrees of murder homicide, there also is attempted murder in which a person has failed to kill a person but all factors point to him having evident malice. Felony murder is when the murder homicide was perpetrated with or through other felony crimes like kidnapping or rape.

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Penalties of Murder Homicide

For Nevada murder homicide cases, the penalties are either life imprisonment or a death sentence. And these penalties can even be worse when there are aggravating factors such as the defendant being under sentence of imprisonment or the murder was done so the accused could escape from other committed crimes. Worse, in a way, that the already hefty charges are added with longer sentences or the possibility of parole is removed.

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