MurderDefinition and Degrees
Section 1751(a) of Title 18 incorporates by reference 18 U.S.C.
§§ 1111 and 1112. 18 U.S.C. § 1111 defines murder as
killing of a human being with malice, and divides it into two degrees.
in the first degree is punishable by death. In any case in which the death
penalty may be applicable, it is necessary for the United States Attorney to
follow the procedures set forth in USAM
9-10.000. The Attorney General must authorize the United States
to seek the death penalty in any case. Any other kind of murder is murder
second degree and is punishable by any term of imprisonment including life.|
[cited in USAM 9-65.300]