The felony murder rule has roots dating back centuries. This week, it was applied to 5 Chicago teens charged in a fatal Lake County shooting.

Chicago Tribune - 08-15

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The legal doctrine by which five Chicago teens were charged with murder after a companion of theirs was fatally shot in Lake County is known as the felony murder rule. Illinois law allows murder charges to be filed when someone is killed during the commission of certain felonies, even if the death is at the hands of someone else, and the defendant never intended for anyone to die.