Justifiable Homicides are Counted as
Murder under the Felony Murder Rule

By Dean Weingarten. January 30th, 2018
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The Felony Murder Rule is a law where a person who is involved in a felony can be charged with murder if someone dies as a result of the felony. From justia.com:

The felony murder rule is a rule that allows a defendant to be charged with first-degree murder for a killing that occurs during a dangerous felony, even if the defendant is not the killer. The felony murder rule applies only to those crimes that are considered "inherently dangerous," as the rationale underlying the felony murder rule is that certain crimes are so dangerous that society wants to deter individuals from engaging in them altogether. Thus, when a person participates in an inherently dangerous crime, he or she may be held responsible for the fatal consequences of that crime, even if someone else caused the actual death.

The felony murder rule is often applied when an armed victim kills one of the criminal suspects attempting to victimize them. If there is a surviving accomplice, the accomplice may be charged under the felony murder rule.

Only four states do not have the felony murder rule in some form. Hawaii, Delaware, Kentucky, and Michigan have no felony murder rule. They eliminated the rule between 1973 and 1980 as part of capital punishment reform. .......

This appears to be another situation where true figures can be skewed, blurring the instances of actual felony murder against justifiable homicide. Cases of the latter are seen on investigation to be actually a significantly larger figure than generally recorded.

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