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Voluntary Manslaughter

A person commits the offense of voluntary manslaughter if he or she:

Causes the death of another person under circumstances that would be deemed murder in the second degree, except that the offender caused the death under the influence of sudden passion arising from adequate cause; or

Knowingly assists another in the commission of suicide.  See 565.023, RSMo.

In Missouri, the crime of voluntary manslaughter is a class B felony.  If applicable, the defendant has the burden of proving they committed the offense out of a sudden passion arising from adequate cause.

Involuntary Manslaughter, First Degree

A person commits the offense of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree if he or she recklessly causes the death of another person.  See 565.024, RSMo.

In Missouri, the crime of involuntary manslaughter in the first degree is a Class C felony.

Involuntary Manslaughter, Second Degree

A person commits the offense of involuntary manslaughter in the second degree if he or she acts with criminal negligence to cause the death of any person.  See 565.027, RSMo.

In Missouri, involuntary manslaughter in the second degree is a Class E felony, unless the victim is a law enforcement officer, or the victim is a relative of a law enforcement office to which the crime is classified as a Class D felony.

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