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Proposed California Legislation Would Limit Who Can Be Charged with Felony Murder

The California legislature has sent to the governor proposed legislation that would significantly limit who can be charged under the felony murder rule—under which defendants can be convicted of first-degree murder if a victim dies during the commission of a felony, "even if the defendant did not intend to kill or did not know a homicide occurred."

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Police: Road Rage Led to Shooting Death of Colorado Boy, Injuries to 3 Others

Authorities say the slain boy's mother and brother remain in critical condition. A man unrelated to the family also was shot but was less seriously injured.

Toronto Van Attack Suspect Charged with Murder

Alek Minassian, the man accused of plowing into Toronto pedestrians with a rented van on Monday, was charged Tuesday with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

Woman Now Faces First-Degree Murder in MO Officer's Slaying

Tammy Dee Widger's charges in the fatal shooting of Clinton, MO, Officer Ryan Morton last month have been amended and now include first-degree murder.

NYC Terror Suspect Indicted on Murder, Terror Charges

The man accused of driving a truck through a bike lane in downtown New York City on Halloween was indicted in federal court Tuesday.

Suspect in New Orleans Officer's Death Declared Incompetent for Trial

A man on trial in the death of a New Orleans police officer was declared incompetent to stand trial Thursday — a day after he smuggled feces into the courtroom and smeared them on his face and mouth during jury selection.

D.A. Asks to Stop Release of CA Cop Killer Suspect Report

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office requested the L.A. Board of Supervisors continue to keep secret a report that details how closely probation officers supervised a gang member charged with the murder of a Whittier, CA, police officer.

Former TX Officer Indicted on Murder Charge, Says Shot Teen Out of Fear for Partner's Safety

A former Dallas-area police officer was indicted Monday on murder and other charges in a deadly April encounter in which authorities said he fired at a car, killing a 15-year-old passenger. The former officer says he fired because he feared for his partner's safety.

Man Charged With Murder in OK Officer's Death

Oklahoma prosecutors have charged a 35-year-old man with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old police officer during a traffic stop.

No Death Penalty Sought for FL Cop Killer Suspect, Orlando Chief 'Furious'

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said he's "furious" with the decision not to seek the death penalty for Markeith Loyd, the man accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer who tried to arrest him.