Homicide is when one person kills another, while murder is homicide with intent (pre-planned). Murder is not defined by common law, rather it is defined by statute. However, homicide has quite a different connotation and results in different legal ramifications, sometimes none at all.

While the terms murder and homicide may be interchanged frequently, they certainly have very different definitions in the eyes of the law. The different variations of these crimes may all depend on the morality, cause, and execution of the act, all of which are usually decided upon by a jury.

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