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The answer to that question is similar to the answer provided for the previous question. Attempted murder is a specific intent crime. It requires an overt act by the individual seeking to cause harm or murder the other individual. Therefore, say you were to, with the specific intent to kill the individual, which the prosecutor would need to prove, bump the individual with your shoulder into the oncoming train, causing the person to be killed, that would be an arguable case for attempted murder.
However, if you merely have the intent to kill someone, but never in fact touch or take an affirmative step towards completing the crime of murder, than you have attempted nothing other than thinking about shoving an individual in front of a moving train.
I know that is why I provided a hypothetical that could be considered attempted murder.
The answer to your question is similar in that you have not physically touched or caused harm to the individual, thereby not attempting to murder the individual, even though you may have had the intent, you did not commit the overt act of attempting to murder them.
Therefore, other than the thought of killing them, you have done nothing wrong.
Yes, you did not perform a crime. That is what is meant by the overt act. An attempt at a crime, such as murder, has to be accompanied by an act to commit murder, or you have attempted nothing. The intent aspect is only element of the crime of attempted murder.
You are correct. You did nothing to the individual other than have a thought to do something. Please return and provide a rating for the answer that I have provided.
That was in the hypothetical about shoving the individual.
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