This is legalized murder If this continues on the rate it’s going, we are on our way to legalized murder. In Washington 2014, there were 170 deaths from doctor assisted suicide. But if the entire US legalized this accepted act of murder there would be approximately 6,492 deaths a year (Carter). As soon as a doctor, or anyone, takes a step into ending someone’s life, they may become criminally liable for homicide. Doctors and any other people who assist in a physician- aided suicide can be charged for homicide or murder. Even though it was the patient's choice to die, the doctor did assist in their death.