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Can you be charged with murder if you scare someone to death?

We were talking about this at home after we heard a story of a woman being scared to death. can someone be charged with murder if he accidently scares someone to death? story was man wanted to shock his wife for halloween and pretended that he hung himself in the house. instead of the wife coming in the neighbor lady came in the door. after the first shock if him hanging there she decided to wander the house and look for items. he kept on hanging without showing he was still alive. when she was just about to walk out he grabed her from behind scaring her so bad she had a heart attack and died.
what would this man get charged with if even anything????

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AlexesmommySam

Asked by AlexesmommySam at 11:20 AM on Oct. 22, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • i doubt it. but he prob will feel guilty for the rest of his life.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • LMAO!!! this is too funny, I feel sorry for the lady but why would you look around for stuff after you see a man hanging there? That was funny!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • I don't really think he could be charged. How could he know she would have a heart attack, unless she had a heart condition and they were good enough friends/neighbors to have discussed it? If it was intentional, like someone planned it the same way they would plan to shoot or stab someone, they I suppose maybe they could be charged.

    And off the subject, what the heck kind of person sees what they think is a dead person and then wanders the house looking for items? I mean, sheesh!
    tropicalmama

    Answer by tropicalmama at 11:37 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • I am majoring in Criminal Justice right now and he had a lesson on this...
    Murder no, Manslaughter yes..

    Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. It is distinguished from voluntary manslaughter by the absence of intention. It is normally divided into two categories; constructive manslaughter and criminally negligent manslaughter.

    Manslaughter is a legal term for the killing of a human being, in a manner considered by law as less culpable than murder.

    The law generally differentiates between levels of criminal culpability based on the mens rea, or state of mind. This is particularly true within the law of homicide, where murder requires either the intent to kill, a state of mind called malice, or malice aforethought, which may involve an unintentional killing but with a wilful disregard for life.

    Manslaughter is usually broken down into two distinct categories:
    sunshine21pa

    Answer by sunshine21pa at 11:50 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Under the circumstances of the story you just told, probably not.
    If someone willingly enters a place without permission or knows that there may be shocks (e.g., haunted house) then charges would not be made.
    If someone came out of nowhere with the intention to scare another human, whether they intended to cause a heart attack or not, would be charged with some sort of murder/manslaughter charge.
    It all depends upon intent and circumstances.
    PrydferthMenyw

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 12:01 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

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