Man Stabbed During Fight At The Block In Attempted Murder California Penal Code Section 21a and 187

By: Wallin & Klarich

It was recently reported that authorities are looking for two groups of men that got into a fight which left one man with stab wounds to his body. Authorities reported that a verbal altercation broke out between the groups around 11:30 p.m. inside a T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant. The argument precipitated into a violent exchange that spilled into the parking lot. During the brawl, one man revealed a handgun and another had a knife. The man stabbed was taken to a hospital and is in critical but stable condition. Police are still searching for the man who stabbed the victim, who will be charged with attempted murder.

Under California Penal Code Section 21a, an attempt to commit a crime consists of 2 requirements: a specific intent to commit the crime and a direct but ineffectual act done toward its commission. In addition, under California Penal Code Section 187, murder is defined as the killing of a person with malice aforethought. First degree murder is defined as any murder perpetrated by willful or deliberate or by means of a destructive device or by premeditation. See California Penal Code Section 189. Second degree murder is any other kind of murder. On the other hand, if the killing was in self defense or by accident, then he or she may be charged with second degree murder or manslaughter (See Penal Code Section 192).

In addition, punishment for first degree murder is a felony punishable by death, imprisonment in the state prison for life without the possibility of parole, or imprisonment in the state prison for a term of 25 years to life. Every person guilty of murder in the second degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of 15 years to life.

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