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The definition of homicide is “the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another; murder.” And, under that definition, we can conclude that homicides are wrong and, in a word, inexcusable.

But here’s the thing: That doesn’t actually apply to all homicides. At least not here in Florida. Our state laws address a certain type of homicide that is known as an “excusable homicide.” That might sound surprising and appear to be an oxymoron, but it’s true.

According to Florida Statute 782.03:

Homicide is excusable when committed by accident and misfortune in doing any