felony murder doctrine

Definition of "felony murder doctrine"
  1. A principle that means a person can be charged with first-degree murder if a death occurs during the commission of a dangerous felony, even if they did not directly cause the death
How to use "felony murder doctrine" in a sentence
  1. Under the felony murder doctrine, the criminal could be charged with murder even though he was just driving the getaway car.
  2. Since the accomplice's actions indirectly led to a death, he was charged under the felony murder doctrine.
  3. The felony murder doctrine can result in serious charges, even for those not physically present during the murder.

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