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.