Felony Murder: People will be confused again

Four guys decide to do a home-invasion robbery. One is shot and killed by the homeowner. The other 3 are charged with murder. 3 ex-Faulkner University students indicted in murder of fellow student in home invasion

According to Alabama law, [the dead guy’s] suspected co-conspirators can be charged with murder because they were allegedly committing a robbery at the time of the fatal shooting.

They were looking for drugs. The police searched the home and no drugs were found.

The one guy was shot and killed by the homeowner. The other 3 were arrested.

If you break into houses, you will eventually find and armed resident. What happens when you do should not come a surprise. This is how I understand the concept of felony murder. You could have easily foreseen the consequences of your actions. Residents are legally armed. Residents have the legal right to defend themselves. If you constitute a threat, you are subject to them defending themselves against you and your companions. The result is not a surprise to anyone, but the foreseeable consequence of your decision to break the law.

Good guys 4, Bad Guys 0. Self-defense is a human-right.

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