First-Degree Murder

Murder in the first degree is the charge associated with the harshest penalties, including the possibility of the death penalty. Generally, in order to be found guilty of first-degree murder, the state must show that the murder was committed with “malice aforethought,” meaning that the murder was carried out with planning and a clear intention to take the life of another human being. Similarly, there are a few other circumstances in which a prosecutor has the possibility of bringing the charge of first-degree murder, including:

  • Causing the death of another individual while in the commission of certain violent felonies
  • Causing the death of a child due to malicious abuse
  • Causing the death of an on-duty law enforcement officer.

The punishment for first-degree murder include the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.


For additional information, see OK ST T. 21 § 701.7.

Read more about First-Degree Murder in Oklahoma here.

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