Murder is categorized by the degree of severity or the intent of the crime; the more egregious the killing or the motive behind it, the higher the degree of punishment.

First Degree or Capital Murder

First-degree murder, or capital murder, is the most serious form of murder. It involves factors such as deliberate planning, premeditation, or malice. 

Deliberate means that the defendant makes a clear-headed decision to kill the victim. 

Premeditation involves showing the defendant actually planned out the killing before it occurred. 

Second Degree Murder


Second degree murder is intentionally committing a harmful act without just cause or legal excuse. But it is not premeditated or deliberate.


Felony Murder

Felony murder is committed during a crime of another felony, a consequence of the other offense.  Even if an accidental death occurs during this crime, a court will charge the accused with felony murder.


If convicted, you could face the death penalty or life in prison, without the possibility of parole.


It’s a matter of life or death. Trust James R. Owen and his team have the knowledge and experience to defend you against these serious charges.


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