Aggravated Murder involves special cases where the person who died has some special status as defined by the law.  All of these are found under NY Penal Law §125.26.

  • Killing of the following people who have special status would result in an aggravated murder charge:
    • Police officer;
    • Court officer;
    • Parole officer;
    • Probation officer;
    • Employee of the Office of Children & Family Services;
    • Corrections officer.
  • Killing a firefighter, EMT, ambulance driver, paramedic, physician, or nurse, engaged in their duties.
  • Acting in an especially cruel, or torturing, way to someone 13 or younger which results in their death.