Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 2 months ago

If you push your friend in the pool jokingly, but then they hit their head and die (hypothetical) did you murder them?

Should you be treated as a murderer? Let's say in one example the kids are 10, and in another they're 19.

11 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The teen would face more severe charges than the young child if charges were brought. 

  • 2 months ago

    I believe it would be Negligent Homicide.

  • 2 months ago

    That would probably be second degree murder but yes, it could definitely daw a murder charge.

  • Yeti
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Exact laws vary by location. Some locations have different degrees of murder and/or manslaughter, for example, depending on details of the allegations.

    Generally speaking, if you didn't intend to harm and/or kill them, you'd likely be looking at charges of manslaughter (or a lesser degree of murder, such as one based on negligence).

    And if minors are involved, how that's handled is going to vary by location as well.

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  • 2 months ago

    Legally, murder requires intent to commit a crime.

    Your scenario could meet the legal criteria for criminally negligent homicide.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It would not be murder it would be manslaughter. Murder is the killing of another human being under certain conditions such as "malice aforethought", meaning the murder was planned or deliberate or if someone is killed during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder,). If a person is killed by accident or if defendant is provoked to commit homicide then it is manslaughter, usually a lesser crime.

  • 2 months ago

    Not murder, just manslaughter.

  • 2 months ago

    Murder is a legal term and is not used in all jurisdictions. When it is used, it is a crime of a higher level and always includes, as a main point of the charge, a degree of intent.  Accidents that result in death from the careless actions of others generally bring charges of criminally negligent homicide, and at 10, no one would ever be charged as an adult, where the 19 year old would be.

  • 2 months ago

    Yeah, it's called involuntary manslaughter 

  • Mark
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    That would be manslaughter. 

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