Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
People v Bodely
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Bodely (defendant) entered a supermarket and proceeded to grab $75 in cash from the register, and subsequently ran out of the store. As Bodely tried to escape several employees of the supermarket chased after him, with one employee attempting to reach into Bodely's car to prevent him from leaving. When the employee reached into the drivers side window, Bodely jerked the car to try and get the employee off the car, resulting in the employee’s head hitting the ground, which ultimately killed him. Bodely was charged with burglary and first degree murder under the felony murder rule and eventually was convicted on all counts. Bodely appealed, arguing that the felony ended when he left the store, because at the point the burglary had ended.
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