Controversial to Whom?
- Before they entered the darkened house, Justin Doyle and his friends checked to make sure it was empty. They knocked on the front door and cased the exterior. Then they threw a rock through the window.
The three teens knew the owner of the house they planned to burglarize that night in 2008 was in the hospital. They had not anticipated that his friend was asleep inside. Awakened by the breaking glass and fearful for his life, the man grabbed a gun from a dresser drawer. When one of the teens opened the bedroom door, the man fired.
The youngest of the three intruders, a slight 14-year-old in a red hoodie named Travis Castle, was killed.
Doyle, then 15, was charged with murder in his friend's death.
The "felony murder" charge, now under attack because, by golly, it's just not fair that people who didn't actually kill someone, are charged in the deaths of those people, usually their accomplices-in-crime. This hasn't been "controversial" that we can ever recall. In fact, it should be taught in every school andbroadcast in every media outlet, that if you participate in a crime that results in any death, you'll be charged in that death, based solely on your stupidity. This entire removal of personal responsibility is unacceptable.
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