Imagine this scenario: you attempt to commit a felony with a group of people. In the commission of this felony, someone in your group is shot and killed by another person. Because of your involvement in the initial felony, you are charged with their murder.
Huh? How is that possible? Should you be charged with killing someone when you didn’t do the actual killing?
This question is at the heart of Illinois’ controversial felony murder rule. Under this law, a suspect can face murder charges if another person dies while committing certain felonies.
But what does this really mean? How has the law been used? Glad you asked.…