Involuntary manslaughter is an unlawful killing caused unintentionally during the commission of wanton or reckless conduct or during the commission of a battery. In this context, “unintentionally” means that the defendant intended to commit the act that caused the death but did not intend to cause the death itself. “Unlawful” means there is no legal excuse for the defendant’s actions.
Examples of wanton or reckless conduct include driving a car in a reckless way, driving a car while intoxicated, playing Russian roulette, and selling heroin. Driving a car negligently (as opposed to wantonly or recklessly) won’t give rise to manslaughter, but it can be enough to give rise to motor vehicle homicide.
Involuntary manslaughter during the commission of a battery takes place when the touching is so violent that harm is likely to result.
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