Criminal Justice

More Felony Murder Folly

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By now you've probably seen the horrifying video of the two Phoenix news helicopters crashing and burning while covering a police chase last week. The guy who led police on the chase, Christopher Jones, clearly needs to spend some time in prison. But is he a murderer? I'd say he pretty clearly isn't. He's a car thief.

Nevertheless, Arizona officials are looking for a way to charge him with four homicides for the deaths of the news crews in the helicopters.

Though the article linked above is bearish on the possibility, a defense attorney in Arizona emailed me over the weekend to say that Arizona's felony murder law is apparently exceptionally broad, and he wouldn't be at all surprised to see homicide charges come out of this.