How the countryside is discharged of a murder-fine.
 The countryside is sometimes discharged of the payment given for murder as may  be seen in the many cases following. To begin with, it is discharged if the slayer is  known, whether he is arrested or not, for the felon may there be convicted by  suit or by inquest, so that he is outlawed.1
If the slayer has been arrested there will be no murder-fine.
 If he has been arrested and suffered judgment there will be no murder-fine because  the felon is convicted. And so [when] one has received a mortal wound but survives  for a time, for he may then reveal the malefactors or2 make clear or acknowledge  whether he is an Englishman or a Frenchman; thus there will be no murder-fine.  And though he cannot speak or cannot reveal the evil-doers, if someone flees to a  church because of his death and confesses there will be no murder-fine.
If they have died by misadventure.
 There will be no murder-fine for those who have died by misadventure (though in  some places another rule is observed by custom) as where the dead man is found  drowned or crushed and the like, no one being at fault.3 There will be no murder-fine
If the dead man is found in the sea or on the shore.
 if the dead man is found in the sea, 4<nor are the ship or the boat of those drowned  at sea, in salt water, deodands, nor will their chattels be wreck if there is one who  claims them and is able to substantiate it,>5 or on the seashore, or in a public  stream or on its bank, especially as far as the salt-water reaches,6[unless having  been slain on the land he is thrown dead into the sea or the river, or wickedly cast  therein alive,] which could be said of every public place said to be the property  of no one except the king.7 If it is the property of some universitas it will be  otherwise. Wickedly, I say,8 and thus if9 there is a report of men drowned or  crushed or the like let the coroners go at once to where the dead are and view the  corpses before they are buried, and let them also inquire carefully of the tithings  and vills, having put them under oath, whether it is a case of felony or misadventure  and do their duty accordingly.10 That is why if such bodies have been  buried without view of the coroners the township will be amerced.11
If the slain man is not identified there will be a murder-fine, though he is an Englishman.
 In every case where the slayer is unknown, though the slain man is known and is  an Englishman,12