Justifiable & Excusable Homicides: Definitions & Examples


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When one person kills another, it is, at the very least, a:

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Murder is considered

i. an unlawful killing,

ii. of another,

iii. without justification or excuse

iv. and with premeditation.

Of these elements, which shows the required level of intent before a defendant is considered to have committed the crime?

2. If a person hits another with a baseball bat, which scenario below would constitute a justification defense to murder?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions in this brief quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge concerning justifiable and excusable homicide. For instance, you should be familiar with different elements of murder and what's necessary for it to be considered a crime.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • The term for when one person kills another person
  • Elements of murder
  • A justification defense to murder
  • Killing someone after being drugged
  • A true statement about the justification defense

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as homicide and murder
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about a justification defense when someone is murdered and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about killing someone after being drugged

Additional Learning

Keep studying this topic with the lesson titled Justifiable & Excusable Homicides: Definitions & Examples. Below are just a few examples of what you can expect to find in this lesson:

  • An example of a self-defense murder
  • How the defense of excuse works
  • The application of duress