Unlike many other states, Texas does not use the term first-degree murder but rather distinguishes between capital and felony murder. In Texas “capital murder,” is murder for which a perpetrator can receive a sentence of capital punishment, which is either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
Certain criteria must be in place to secure a capital murder conviction. Among those criteria is prosecutors must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally and knowingly caused the death of another person.
DID YOU KNOW: Texas also has the Law of Parties in which a person can be criminally responsible for the actions of another if they aid and abet or conspire with the principal. Manslaughter; voluntary and involuntary are combined in the state of Texas with penalties varying depending on levels of aggravating factors.
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