consequences for attempted murder

The Consequences for Attempted Murder in Texas

October 25, 2017

The consequences of attempted murder, also known as attempted homicide, are dire. No violent crime is more serious than murder, the unlawful and intentional decision by one person to take another person’s life. Aside from federal crimes, such as treason and espionage, murder is the singular crime for which capital punishment is available.

Attempted murder may be charged when an individual intends to carry out the act of murder but, for whatever reasons, doesn’t accomplish it. In other words, attempted murder is the aborted attempt to kill another person. The crime of attempted murder includes both action and intent. To prove attempted murder, the prosecutor must show that the defendant took one or more direct steps to kill and had a specific intent to murder that victim.