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second-degree murder/assault/burglary etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsecond-degree murder/assault/burglary etcsecond-degree murder/assault/burglary etcAmerican English a crime that is less serious than the most serious type, especially because it was not plannedfirst-degree second-degree
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second-degree murder/assault/burglary etcAfter psychiatric evaluations found that he was competent to stand trial, Harwood pleaded guilty July 16 to second-degree murder.Bach, 13, was arrested late last month and charged with second-degree murder.Davis was arrested weeks later and convicted of second-degree assault.Kravitz reduced the charge to second-degree murder.Last week, she won her freedom after agreeing not to contest charges of second-degree murder.A 16-year-old black youth, Lemrick Nelson, was later charged with second-degree murder in relation to the stabbing.He faces a count of second-degree murder in the Nov. 10 shooting death of Brad Hansen, also 13.However, the degree of severity of the indictment, which could range from negligent homicide to second-degree murder, remains unclear.
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