A mini-debate was sparked in the Twittersphere on Tuesday after the arrest of Thomas Brine, 25, in connection to the death of Elizabeth Lafantaisie. The Senior’s body was found inside the trunk of her car last week in Winnipeg.

Police say the killing was random, but the charge is first-degree murder.

To many, that charge suggests planning and premeditation.

But really, the charge has a lot of different facets to it.

A handy chart explains what I mean.


The general consensus is that police believe Lafantaisie died in the course of being confined, and therefore is murder in the first degree.

However, without more info on the facts of the case (and I’m sure those will come in short order), it’s impossible to say for sure.

5 thoughts on “First-degree murder, a handy diagram

  1. I have never understood why it is automatically considered first degree murder, when one takes the life of a police officer. Why should their lives be held at a higher value than everybody else’s lives? All life is valuable and classifying this type of murder as automatically first degree is highly discriminatory and unacceptable, in my opinion. I like the chart though. Very concise and straight forward.

    1. Because you can’t promote respect for the law if you can’t appropriately punish those who would harm people who enforce and preserve it.

      1. It says “identified” peace officer. Being that the police officer identified themselves as being a police officer, and was probably telling them to drop the weapon….at which point they did not and they made the very conscious decision to shoot and kill the police officer. To me that is cut and dry first degree. It is not saying that a police officer’s life is more valuable than anyone elses. Not sure where you got that from. Not sure I would want to walk in a police officer’s shoes and have to have the real possibility of having a gun pointed toward me on a daily basis….

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