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The killing of a human being due to the act or omission of another. included among homicides are murder and manslaughter, but not all homicides are a crime, particularly when there is a lack of criminal intent. non-criminal homicides include killing in self-defense, a misadventure like a hunting accident or automobile wreck without a violation of law like reckless driving, or legal (government) execution. suicide is a homicide, but in most cases there is no one to prosecute if the suicide is successful. assisting or attempting suicide can be a crime.

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