Taylor, MI asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Michigan

Q: What is the definition between felony murder and aggravated murder?

When someone punches another in the face, reportedly triggering a seizure and the individual dies does this constitute murder?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: There are several statutory forms of murder: 1st degree / felony murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter. The facts of the case determine the degree.

In the fact scenario you provided, the person could be charged with involuntary manslaughter, which is commonly the result of some sort of misdemeanor or negligent act that resulted in death. Now, if the person hit the deceased individual in the head with a bottle, rock, brass knuckles, etc., that's a different story that will result in a more severe consequence.

Felony murder is a murder that occurs in the commission of a felony. In Michigan, that penalty is the same as 1st degree murder: life without parole.

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