posted on May, 28 2011 @ 08:52 AM
The young man arrested was involved in an on going felony, Aggrevated Robbery.
The common law, and most state law statutes have what is called a Felony Murder Section.
To generalize the law, a person can be charged with Murder, if during the commission of, or in the immediate flight from a inherently dangerous felony
ANYONE gets killed by Any other party.
It links the murder to the felony, making it like strict liability.
In a homicide someone is responsible. The way the law looks at it is BUT FOR the felons activities, the homicide would not have occured.
The DETERRENCE factor is that if you are a party to a dangerous felony, as a principle (one doing act), as a issue before the fact (master mind but
not actual participant), or issue after the fact (hide them out, give them aid etc.) you are also liable for the homicide of anyone, that is commited
by anybody during the ongoing felony.
So if one thinks (I am only the look out, so if something happens I am not guilty of anything) they are wrong. They are just as guilty of the crime as
the ones holding the gun.