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so I was watching the new Piers Morgan documentary about a young girl, who helped set up a robbery for her boyfriend. She was not directly involved in the robbery, wasn't there and didn't know the participants had a gun, yet she was charged with first degree murder and given a life sentence without the possibility of parole in a Florida court. My question is why wasn't she charged with accessory to robbery or something like that.

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Because Florida has felony murder laws. If you participate (including being an accessory) in the specified list of felonies (including armed robbery) and a murder is committed in the course of that felony, you are guilt of first degree murder. It is a prerequisite that she would also have been convicted for the robbery.

  • There probably wouldn't have to have been a distinct conviction for the robbery, but there would have to be proof that she committed the elements of robbery beyond a reasonable doubt and that somebody involved committed murder, admittedly a subtle distinction. – ohwilleke Jul 7 '17 at 2:53

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