First degree murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human being. When a person, of sound memory and discretion, unlawfully kills any reasonable creature in being with malice aforethought includes four basic elements: i. Intent to kill, ii. Intent to inflict grievous bodily harm. iii. Reckless indifference to an unjustifiably high risk to human life. Under state of mind, an “abandoned and malignant heart”, the killing may result from defendant’s conduct involving a reckless indifference to human life and a conscious disregard of an unreasonable risk of death or serious bodily injury. iv. Reckless abandon while perpetrating a dangerous felony.
A murderer is someone who looks fairly normal but whose brain operates much differently than the general population, but what is it that drives them to kill? People who commit murders often kill to assert power and be noticed. They often will do this in order to punish some person or group of people that they are unhappy with or fearful of. Those convicted of murder often do not display guilt for their heinous actions. A lot of these folks have no guilt whatsoever. They feel like it is okay for them to do it because they perceive that they are special. Murderers usually don’t just snap. Their crimes are carefully thought out and planned in an evil heart.
Let’s put teaching the Ten Commandments back into our schools so young people will know that it is wrong to kill.
Gary Ray Wallace