Killing people in skyrim and witnesses vs. bounty


In this question Is it ok to kill guards? on of the comments suggested
"Just make sure you also kill any witnesses".

Is that comment correct? In previous elder scrolls game it doesn't matter is someone saw you … you will still get a bounty if you even think about hurting any city person. is that true? can I kill somebody and kill a witness and there will be no bounty?

Best Answer

That is correct. If there are no witnesses - or if you kill all of the witnesses before a guard is notified, you will not accrue a bounty. You'll see a notification to the effect of "All witnesses dead. Bounty cleared" when you do so.

Keep in mind that, for these purposes, chickens and horses are often condidered witnesses.