HOMICIDE IN TENNESSEE – PART 1
Criminal homicide is defined as the unlawful killing of another person. Tennessee has several different categories of homicide. From less serious to most serious, these include criminally negligent homicide, reckless homicide, vehicular homicide, voluntary manslaughter, second-degree murder and first-degree murder.
Criminally negligent homicide is defined as "criminally negligent conduct that results in death." Criminally negligent homicide is a Class E felony carrying between one to six years in state prison.
Reckless homicide is defined as the “reckless killing of another.” As a Class D felony, reckless homicide has punishment ranging from 2 to 12 years imprisonment.
Voluntary Manslaughter is defined as the "intentional or knowing killing of another in a state of passion produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner." Voluntary manslaughter is a Class C felony and has a range of punishment from between 3 to 15 years in prison.