Second Degree Murder Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Second Degree Murder, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Second Degree Murder?

(n) Second degree murder is the death resulted from an assault, the motive of which was not to kill the victim but death happened because of the assault. Example: A person shoot another on knee to hurt him but the person died of draining out blood on failure to get medical assistance amounts to second degree murder where the intention was not to kill.