Young Lady’s Suicide Attempt Fails: She’s Still Here, But Two Other People, Who Were Totally Innocent, Are Gone. Is a First-Degree Murder Charge Overkill?
By Ken K. Gourdin
Salt Lake City, Utah’s Deseret News has coverage of a young lady who, as part of a suicide pact she made with a friend, struck the rear of another vehicle while reportedly driving her own vehicle in excess of 100 MPH, killing the driver and occupant of the other vehicle. I’ve commented previously on the Blog regarding those who (attempt to) take others with them when they attempt or commit suicide. See the October 20, 2013 update to the Blog post found here (this and all other links accessed July 7, 2016):
The young lady I mention in the first paragraph of this entry has been charged with aggravated murder, a potential capital felony. See coverage here:
Another poster opined that the facts of this case do not fit aggravated murder, stating that there was no premeditation, lying in wait, or targeting a specific victim involved. I responded:
You misstate Utah law. Utah Code Ann. § 76-5-102 (1) (b) and (c) appear to be the relevant provisions, and they state [ellipses added]:
76-5-202. Aggravated murder.
(1) Criminal homicide constitutes aggravated murder if the actor intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another under any of the following circumstances: …
(b) the homicide was committed incident to one act, scheme, course of conduct, or criminal episode during which two or more persons were killed, or during which the actor attempted to kill one or more persons in addition to the victim who was killed;
(c) the actor knowingly created a great risk of death to a person other than the victim and the actor.