Hired Hitman

Murder, Attempted Murder, Manslaughter, Homicide: What’s the Difference

What crime is hiring a hitman? First, it’s essential to understand the definition of murder. According to the Penal Code 19.02, murder is described as someone intentionally or knowingly causing the death of an individual. They also intend to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act that is clearly dangerous to human life and causes an individual’s death. This is a felony of the first degree and there is a defense that can drop this charge to a felony of the second degree.

The defense is if at the punishment trial, the defendant can raise the issue of whether the cause of death of an individual was under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause. This means the crime happens due to such an extreme emotion of anger, rage, resentment or terror felt by a person that was caused due to the provocation of the other individual that caused death.

Understanding Texas Penal Code

Attempted murder is not codified in the Penal Code. According to the Penal Code Sec. 15.01, it provides that in an attempt to commit a criminal offense, the charges for the offense will be just one degree lower. In the case of murder, the degree would drop from first-degree felony to second-degree felony.

Manslaughter is Penal Code 19.04 of the penal code. It is when a person recklessly causes the death of an individual. This is a felony of the second degree and this type of death is due to negligence on behalf of the person that killed them.

Homicide is Penal Code 19.01 and this is just the umbrella term for murder, capital murder, manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide. A person commits criminal homicide if they intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual. This is the term you will recognize in the new broadcast as it gives the audience a better understanding of what happened.

A Crime of Passion

There is always some variation of headlines claiming a man killed his wife. I went ahead and deep-dived into a case where a man decided to hire a hitman to kill his wife. This is something you would think only happens in a movie. Although, upon further investigation, there was more than what meets the eye. He is a bodybuilder and musician that let his emotion run rampant from his steroid abuse that led him astray from his religious beliefs.