Criminal Law: Homicide: Murder at Common Law

At common law, murder is the unlawful killing of another with malice aforethought. Malice aforethought exists if the defendant acts with any of the following states of mind:
  • Intent to kill
  • Intent to inflict great bodily harm
  • Highly reckless, DEPRAVED heart (callous disregard for human life resulting in death) murder - intentional performance of act that entails substantial likelihood of death
  • Felony murder