felony murder rule(redirected from Felony murder)
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felony murder ruleA legal doctrine in some (English) common law jurisdictions that broadens the legal ramifications of murder to include:
(1) when an offender kills accidentally or without specific intent to kill in the course of an applicable felony, manslaughter is escalated to murder; and
(2) it makes any participant in the felony criminally liable for any deaths that occur during or in furtherance of that felony.