Voluntary Manslaughter

Before a person can be convicted of the federal crime of voluntary manslaughter, the prosecution must prove the following four things beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The victim named in the indictment is dead;
  2. The accused individual caused the death of the victim;
  3. The accused acted intentionally but without malice and in the heat of passion caused by adequate provocation; and
  4. The killing occurred within the special maritime or territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

See also manslaughter and DUI manslaughter.

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