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.