Kim Metzger directed my attention to a wonderful discussion on Absicht and Vorsatz on ProZ.com. Who will win? It’s not clear yet how many offences have been committed, but it’s marvellous what people will write if you offer them points for doing it.
I’ve discussed this briefly before.
In English law, you can commit murder by direct or indirect intent or specific intent, I would say. And none of this has to involve what is commonly known as premeditation – that’s usually applied to planned murders, but intent(ion) can arise on the spur of the moment.