Originally Posted by grimlock
It is not accurate to say he decided he was going to kill the guy to punish him for laughing at him. What is more likely is he was so enraged he kept beating him in a craze, and the man died from his injuries...
Exactly why he should have been convicted of 2nd degree murder. It may not have been premeditated, which would have been 1st degree, but it was definitely done with intent to harm. If you intend
to hurt somebody and they die
, its murder
. Manslaughter should be reserved for strictly accidental events.