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The DC Code: § 22-2101 Murder in the first degree--Purposeful killing; killing while perpetrating certain crimes.

Index22 Criminal Offenses and Penalties. (Refs & Annos)

Whoever, being of sound memory and discretion, kills another purposely, either of deliberate and premeditated malice or by means of poison, or in perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate an offense punishable by imprisonment in the penitentiary, or without purpose to do so kills another in perpetrating or in attempting to perpetrate any arson, as defined in § 22-301 or § 22-302, first degree sexual abuse, first degree child sexual abuse, first degree cruelty to children, mayhem, robbery, or kidnaping, or in perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate any housebreaking while armed with or using a dangerous weapon, or in perpetrating or attempting to perpetrate a felony involving a controlled substance, is guilty of murder in the first degree. For purposes of imprisonment following revocation of release authorized by § 24- 403.01(b)(7), murder in the first degree is a Class A felony.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 22-2401. 1973 Ed., § 22-2401. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 13-302 added the last sentence. Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 4(a) of the Sentencing Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-410, August 11, 2000, 47 DCR 7271). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see §§ 4(a) and 11 of the Sentencing Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 13-462, November 7, 2000, 47 DCR 9443). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(a) of Sentencing Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-2, February 2, 2001, 48 DCR 2239). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(a) of Sentencing Reform Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-51, May 2, 2001, 48 DCR 4370). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 9-153, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 22-2104.01. Law 10-257, the "Anti-Sexual Abuse Act of 1994," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 10-87, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on November 1, 1994, and December 6, 1994, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 28, 1994, it was assigned Act No. 10-385 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 10-257 became effective May 23, 1995. Law 12-113, the "Felony Murder Amendment Act of 1997," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 12-139, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on September 22, 1997, and October 7, 1997, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on October 17, 1997, it was assigned Act No. 12-176 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 12-113 became effective on May 16, 1998. For Law 13-302, see notes following § 22-722. Miscellaneous Notes Section 11 of D.C. Law 13-302 provides: "This act shall apply to offenses committed on or after August 5, 2000." DC CODE § 22-2101 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Mar. 3, 1901, 31 Stat. 1321, ch. 854, § 798; June 12, 1940, 54 Stat. 347, ch. 339; Sept. 26, 1992, D.C. Law 9-153, § 2(a), 39 DCR 3868; May 23, 1995, D.C. Law 10-257, § 401(b)(1), 42 DCR 53; May 16, 1998, D.C. Law 12-113, § 2, 44 DCR 6931; June 8, 2001, D.C. Law 13-302, § 4(a), 47 DCR 7249.)