Nevada law defines homicide as the unlawful, malicious killing of a person. First-degree murder includes premeditated killings and felony murder, which is when killing is done while a suspect commits a serious felony.
First degree murder may be done through shooting, stabbing, poisoning, torturing, strangling, or beating. Felony murder is done while committing arson, burglary, rape, kidnapping, robbery, elder abuse, child abuse, or sexual abuse of a child. A defendant may be charged with felony murder even if they didn’t intend to kill anyone while committing the felony.
Second-degree murder is unintentional killing in which death was a foreseeable consequence of the suspect’s reckless behavior.
Penalty For Homicide
In some cases, a murder charge can be dismissed or plea-bargained down to manslaughter. Otherwise, homicide is a category A felony punishable by life in prison.
When aggravating circumstances outweigh all mitigating circumstances in a case, the judge may impose a death penalty.