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Felony Murder

Felony Murder

In Alabama, Felony Murder also has a potential punishment of death. This is where an accused individual commits murder during the act of an “inherently dangerous” crime. This would include the following:

(1) Murder by the defendant during a kidnapping in the first degree or an attempt thereof committed by the defendant.

(2) Murder by the defendant during a robbery in the first degree or an attempt thereof committed by the defendant.

(3) Murder by the defendant during a rape in the first or second degree or an attempt thereof committed by the defendant;  or murder by the defendant during sodomy in the first or second degree or an attempt thereof committed by the defendant.

(4) Murder by the defendant during a burglary in the first or second degree or an attempt thereof committed by the defendant.

There is also further felony murder liability, such as the killing of a law enforcement officer or an individual set to testify against the defendant in a criminal proceeding. A person can also be liable for felony murder when the defendant is involved in an inherently dangerous crime and a co-accomplice is the individual that actually committed the killing of another individual. An example of this is when an individual is involved in robbing a bank and the co-defendant kills someone in the act of the crime.

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