High-Profile Cases Sparking New Debate Over Old Legal Concept of Felony Murder
Longstanding rule comes under fresh attack as critics say it is often applied unfairly on the young and minorities
An Ohio teenager whose boyfriend was killed in a robbery gone wrong. A Florida man who lent his car to a friend, who then used it to commit a felony. A pregnant Alabama woman whose fetus died after a woman shot her in the stomach during an escalating fight.
None of them pulled the trigger, but each was charged in the deaths that occurred through a longstanding, and increasingly controversial, legal principle called the felony-murder rule.