Murder is generally classified as a crime against the person and is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being usually during the commission of a felony. State laws define and classify murder in degrees based on factors such as whether or not the act was premeditated, occurred during the perpetration of, or in the attempt to perpetrate a specific crime, or involves a specific violent act or an act dangerous to human life which is a violation of state or federal criminal laws. See also homicide and manslaughter.
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