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Definition of an unsolved homicide

An unsolved homicide is a known or potential homicide case in which three years or more have passed without an individual having been charged. Not included are cases in which there is evidence which establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the person responsible is dead, or constitutional and legal principles preclude prosecution. Examples include cases which are beyond the statute of limitations, cases in which the defendant was acquitted after trial, and cases involving legal defenses, such as self-defense.