Felony Murder occurs when committing a felony, attempting to commit a felony, or while running away from just committing one, someone dies.

It’s worth noting that a felony murder charge will only result if the person who dies was not a participant in the felony, meaning the person who died was not a defendant or a co-defendant.  Also, the person who causes the death must be a participant in the felony.  As an example, if 3 people decide to break into a house to steal something, and one of those 3 kills someone who lives in the house, all 3 of the people who participated in this crime will get charged with Felony Murder.  Even a getaway driver who never entered the house and never hurt anyone will still be charged with murder.

Not every felony counts as a basis for a Felony Murder charge.  You can be charged with felony murder only if a death occurs during the commission of one of the following crimes:

  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Escape
  • Rape
  • Aggravated Sex Abuse

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