In order for a person to be found guilty of attempted murder, it must be proven that they acted "deliberately and intentionally or recklessly with extreme disregard for human life." In other words, the person attempted to kill another or did something that was a substantial step toward committing the crime. Preparation to commit the crime is not considered a substantial step toward committing a crime. In some cases, a charge of assault with a deadly weapon or an assault with attempt to cause grave bodily injury (GBI) will be charged as an attempted murder if the injuries are serious or the potential for serious injury is great.
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