MURDER

The unlawful and premeditated killing of a human being.

 

Killing with premeditation is killing after consciously deciding to do so.

 

The decision must be present in the mind at the time of the killing.

 

The law does not fix the exact period of time that must pass between the formation of the premeditated intent to kill and the killing.

 

The period of time must be long enough to allow reflection by the defendant. The premeditated intent to kill must be formed before the killing.