When a person dies at the hands of another, the individual who is accused of the death might have to deal with the criminal justice system. This is a difficult prospect, however, having a basic understanding of the difference between murder and manslaughter may help as you work on a defense if you are facing criminal charges.
One of the first things that you have to understand is what homicide means in the criminal justice system. At the most basic level, a homicide is a death that wasn't due to natural causes. There are two types of homicides in the criminal justice system -- murder and manslaughter.