TITLE 11
Criminal Offenses

CHAPTER 11-23
Homicide

SECTION 11-23-1


§ 11-23-1 Murder.

The unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought is murder. Every murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing, or committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, any arson or any violation of § 11-4-2, 11-4-3, or 11-4-4, rape, any degree of sexual assault or child molestation, burglary or breaking and entering, robbery, kidnapping, or committed during the course of the perpetration, or attempted perpetration, of felony manufacture, sale, delivery, or other distribution of a controlled substance otherwise prohibited by the provisions of chapter 28 of title 21, or committed against any law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her duty or committed against an assistant attorney general or special assistant attorney general in the performance of his or her duty, or perpetrated from a premeditated design unlawfully and maliciously to effect the death of any human being other than him or her who is killed, is murder in the first degree. Any other murder is murder in the second degree. The degree of murder may be charged in the indictment or information, and the jury may find the degree of murder, whether the murder is charged in the indictment or information or not, or may find the defendant guilty of a lesser offense than that charged in the indictment or information, in accordance with the provisions of § 12-17-14.

History of Section.
(G.L. 1909, ch. 343, § 1; P.L. 1915, ch. 1258, § 6; G.L. 1923, ch. 395, § 1; P.L. 1929, ch. 1392, § 1; P.L. 1932, ch. 1943, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 606, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 11-23-1; P.L. 1974, ch. 118, § 5; P.L. 1979, ch. 178, § 1; P.L. 1980, ch. 247, § 3; P.L. 1990, ch. 259, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 284, § 4; P.L. 1996, ch. 152, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 128, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 199, § 1.)