Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-45 - Murder: Penalty; waiver of jury trial; finding of lesser degree

Cite as:Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-45
Currency:Current through the July 2020 Special Session
 
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(a) Murder is punishable as a class A felony in accordance with subdivision (2) of section 53a-35a , as amended, unless it is a capital felony committed prior to the effective date of this section, punishable in accordance with subparagraph (A) of subdivision (1) of section 53a-35a, as amended, murder with special circumstances committed on or after the effective date of this section, punishable as a class A felony in accordance with subparagraph (B) of subdivision (1) of section 53a-35a, as amended, or murder under section 53a-54d.

(b) If a person indicted for murder or held to answer for murder after a hearing conducted in accordance with the provisions of section 54-46a waives his right to a jury trial and elects to be tried by a court, the court shall be composed of three judges designated by the Chief Court Administrator or his designee, who shall name one such judge to preside over the trial. Such judges, or a majority of them, shall have power to decide all questions of law and fact arising upon the trial and render judgment accordingly.

(c) The court or jury before which any person indicted for murder or held to answer for murder after a hearing conducted in accordance with the provisions of section 54-46a is tried may find such person guilty of homicide in a lesser degree than that charged.

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