Crimes of Passion

Crimes of passion are typically unplanned and may involve violent or aggressive behavior towards a romantic partner or family member. Such crimes consider many aspects of the crime committed, including their legal definition, psychological factors, and potential consequences.


Defendant in orange jumpsuit in court.
Gabby Petito's father, Joe Petito, mother, Nicole Schmidt and stepmother, Tara Petito join Court TV and discuss the release of the FBI's Gabby Petito case file.
Thurman Martin
Ali Abulaban looks at the camera as the verdict was read.
Ali Abulaban cries after hearing the verdict
Ali Abulaban sits in court
Ali Abulaban and his attorneys sit in court
Ali Abulaban points at the prosecutor
At one point, Abulaban turned to the judge to protest a question, asking,
Ali Abulaban cries while testifying
Ali Abulaban looks down as he testifies
Ali Abulaban testifies in court
Gene Smith testifies in court
Blake Scanlon sits at defense table
Blake Scanlon's defense attorney delivers closing arguments.
Detective testifies in court
Suzanne Verrill testifies
Jeffrey Verrill testifies
Dr. Thomas Andrews