Redefiniton of Felony Murder Rule

CITIZEN PETITION The signatures below are of those citizens of Virginia in support of the amendment to the Felony Murder Doctrine {Code 18.2-33}, which states that practically all jurisdictions have enacted statutes providing that a homicide perpetrated during the commission, or attempted commission, of any felony, or more frequently, of certain specified felonies such as arson, burglary, kidnapping, mayhem, rape, robbery, sodomy, or the like, shall be deemed murder or murder in the first degree. Under most, but not all, such statutes, where the killing occurs in the perpetration of any of the specified crimes, whether or not the defendant had the intent to kill is immaterial and irrelevant. The defendant need only intend to commit the robbery, rape, kidnapping, or other felonies, NOT THE MURDER, to be convicted of murder. This petition is in support of a bill to repeal in part the existing statute, and include the â

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