Felony murder

: a murder that occurs in the commission of a serious felony (as burglary or sexual battery)
compare misdemeanor-manslaughter at manslaughter
Felony murder is usu. considered first-degree murder. Felony murder does not require specific intent to kill, and an accessory to the felony may also be charged with the murder.

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