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Murder is one of four types of homicide listed in the Texas Penal Code. According to the code, homicide is when a person commits criminal homicide if he intentionally, knowingly, or with criminal negligence causes the death of an individual (19.01). The four types of homicide are murder, capital murder, manslaughter, and criminally negligent homicide.
Criminally negligent homicide can occur if a perpetrator of a crime accidentally takes someone else’s life, which can result in state jail time. Similarly, manslaughter involves taking someone else’s life through reckless behavior, such as driving under the influence—but in contradistinction to criminally negligent homicide, not necessarily through an accident that occurs in conjunction with criminal behavior (such as accidentally killing a bystander during an armed robbery).