What is Second degree Depraved Heart Murder in Maryland?

Second Degree Depraved Heart Murder

Homicide — Second Degree Depraved Heart Murder

If the State wants to prove second degree depraved heart murder, they must prove:

The defendant is charged with the crime of murder. This charge includes second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.


Second degree murder is the killing of another person while acting with an extreme disregard for human life. In order to convict the defendant of second degree murder, the State must prove:

(1)   that the defendant caused the death of the victim;

(2)   that the defendant’s conduct created a very high degree of risk to the life of the victim; and

(3)   that the defendant, conscious of such risk, acted with extreme disregard of the life endangering consequences.

If you’ve been charged with second degree depraved heart murder in Maryland, contact attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., at (410) 694-7291.

You can schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with attorney Randolph Rice.

What is the penalty for second degree depraved heart murder in Maryland?

In Maryland, A person who commits a murder in the second degree depraved heart murder is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 30 years.