MN 11.37 Murder in the Third Degree–Depraved Mind–Defined

10 Minn. Prac., Jury Instr. Guides–Criminal CRIMJIG 11.37 (6th ed.)

September 2020 update

Part II. Specific Crimes

A. Crimes Against the Person

Chapter 11. Homicide

CRIMJIG 11.37 Murder in the Third Degree–Depraved Mind–Defined

Under Minnesota law, a person causing the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, but without intent to cause1 the death of any person, is guilty of murder in the third degree.

Footnotes

  1.  Note: The statute (M.S.A. 609.195(a)) mentions “without intent to effect the death of any person.” It is believed that terminology is unnecessarily confusing.