felony murder doctrine
- 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
- Under the felony murder doctrine, the criminal could be charged with murder even though he was just driving the getaway car.
- Since the accomplice's actions indirectly led to a death, he was charged under the felony murder doctrine.
- The felony murder doctrine can result in serious charges, even for those not physically present during the murder.