After Fatal Crash With Cyclists, Driver’s Tweets Help Spur Murder Charge : NPR

An 18-year-old man in California stands accused of murder, after law enforcement officials upgraded a manslaughter charge against him, based on his tweets and driving history.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Is it not bad enough that you drive 85 mph in a 40 mph zone and hit and kill two cyclists in a bike lane but, then you have to brag about it on Twitter saying you went on a “death ride”.  The California penal code defines “murder” as the “unlawful killing of a human being” with “malice aforethought” and the term “malice aforethought” is defined as either “deliberate intention” or when the circumstances surrounding the death show “an abandoned or malignant heart.” California Penal Code section 187.  Looks like it fits the definition to me!

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