Felony Murder Doctrine

The law that any death which occurs during the commission of a dangerous felony is considered per se a murder in the first degree. The prosecutor does not have to prove that the accused intended to kill the person, only that he or she intended to commit the dangerous crime. For example: a perpetrator robs a bank with a toy gun, a felony. The teller has a heart attack in the process, the death. Under these facts the perpetrator could be criminally convicted of murder.

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