felony murder

felony murder
felony murder see murder

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

felony murder
index homicide

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


felony murder
n.
A killing that occurs while committing a felony; whether the killing occurs accidentally or not, under the felony murder doctrine it could be prosecuted as first-degree murder; this doctrine varies from state to state.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


felony murder
n. A murder occurring during the commission of a felony.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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