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What you should know about capital murder in Kansas

As of November 2014, there are currently 38 states that have the death penalty on their law books. This includes the state of Kansas, which uses lethal injection as a form of punishment for those who are found guilty and convicted of capital murder.

Although any form of murder is usually considered a heinous crime, it is important to note that there are various degrees, or rather classifications of murder, and the punishment for this type of crime is not always the same. Instead, it normally depends on the state of mind the alleged murderer was in when the crime was committed. It also depends on what actions the alleged murderer was involved in when the crime was committed.

In Kansas, a defendant can be charged with capital murder if they allegedly killed someone while committing a dangerous felony, such as kidnapping, child abuse, arson, treason, rape, burglary, theft, robbery or sodomy. They can also face capital murder charges for the murder of a law enforcement officer, killing multiple persons, or if the crime occurs while the defendant is in a correctional institution or during the kidnapping of a child under 14 years of age.

Interestingly, defendants must be able to understand that their actions were wrong and must be over the age of 18 to be charged with capital murder.

Defendants who are charged with murder may find it beneficial to discuss their situation with an experienced Kansas criminal attorney. If you are interested in learning more about the legal process for serious crimes of this nature, you can find more information by visiting our webpage on violent crimes.

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