First-degree murder, a handy diagram

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.