Felony Murder Doctrine Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Felony Murder Doctrine, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Felony Murder Doctrine?

n. If a death occurs during a felony, it is considered to be first degree murder and all of the felony’s participants (or attempted felony’s participants) can be charged and found guilty of murder. For example: if a robbery involves more than one criminal and one of them kills a clerk, all of the participants can be found guilty of murder even if they all did not have a gun or intend to hurt anyone. Similarly, if one of the holdup men or women is killed, his/her fellow robbers can be charged with murder.