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Is homicide synonymous with murder?

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The death of Otto Zehm is being labeled a homicide by the Spokane County Medical Examiner, which begs the question: is homicide synonymous with murder? In short, the answer is "no".

According to Dictionary.com, homicide is defined as "the killing of one person by another". Dictionary.com defines murder as "the unlawful killing of another by another, especially with premeditated malice.

To commit murder is to brutally or inhumanly kill another person, while homicide includes the negligent killing of another human. All murders are homicides, but not all homicides are murder.

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