I genuinely did not know that there was a difference in these terms until tonight. Thank you so much for posting this.
Does that mean that a pre-meditated murder can also be considered a homicide? I'm not sure if I've misunderstood but does the word homicide sort of act as an umbrella term then?
Yes, premeditated murder is homicide because it counts as first-degree murder. Hope this short summary helps a bit!
@ViktorijaT Ah that makes sense! It does, thank you so much.
Broad term, involves murder, spree killing etc. Doesn't necessarily require a person to be sane or have an intention to kill.
A legal term for which intention and sanity are needed.
These two conditions,if fulfilled,will turn a killing into a homicide and it will be punished by law.
Murder is an unlawful killing.
It’s a common misunderstanding that homicide and murder are the same crime. In legal terms, there is a clear difference between these two crimes. Each one carries a maximum penalty for conviction.
MURDER: killing another person in a way that cannot be justified as reasonable is considered murder — or manslaughter — and carries extremely heavy penalties, including the possibility of the death penalty, depending upon the jurisdiction.
HOMICIDE:Homicide is the killing of one person by another. This is a broad term that includes both legal and illegal killings. For example, a soldier may kill another soldier in battle, but that is not a crime.
Homicide is the killing of one person by another person. It can be legal and illegal. Like in battles, soldiers kill other party.
Murder is also the killing of person. But it is pre- planned. For instance: killer has evil thoughts and plan before killing.