EXTREME INDIFFERENCE TO HUMAN LIFE
simply not caring. It means lacking any interest in a matter one way or
the other. Extreme means existing in the highest or greatest possible
degree. Extreme indifference is more than ordinary indifference. It is
synonymous with excessive and is the greatest departure from the ordinary.
What evinces an extreme indifference to human life is a question of
There is no statutory definition of "extreme indifference to human
life," but its meaning has been extensively discussed in the case law.
See State v. McMahon, 257 Conn. 544, 550-57 (2001), cert.
denied, 534 U.S. 1130, 122 S.Ct. 1069, 151 L.Ed.2d 972 (2002)
(discussing plain meaning and judicial interpretations of "extreme
indifference to human life" and "grave risk of death"); see also
State v. Garcia, 81 Conn. App. 294, 309-10 (2004) (distinguishing it
from ordinary recklessness); State v. Best, 56 Conn. App. 742,
754-56, cert. denied, 253 Conn. 902 (2000) (discussing ordinary meaning
of the terms); State v. Bunker, 27 Conn. App. 322 (1992)
(distinguishing recklessness and 'aggravated recklessness' when offenses
involving both were involved).