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Felony Murder in Miami

Posted on the 25 May 2011 by Mikeb302000
The Miami Herald reports
Authorities are trying to determine whether the fatal shooting of an intruder attempting to steal a wave runner outside a Miami waterfront home was justified.
Miami-Dade police say an unidentified juvenile armed with a shotgun shot 20-year-old Reynaldo Munoz in the head Saturday afternoon outside his family's home.
A police affidavit says Munoz parked outside a marina, put his own watercraft in the water and navigated it to the home.
Police say Munoz was confronted by the teen as he attempted to take the family's wave runner.
His 19-year-old girlfriend Carolina Lopez told police she was waiting for Munoz to return with the watercraft, which they planned to sell for $2,000. She is charged with felony murder for her participation in a crime that caused the death of another.
The girlfriend is charged with felony murder, are you kidding me? Why don't we charge her with intent to steal, or even more accurately, foreknowledge of intent to steal by another?
It's no wonder the prisons are overfilled. The law-and-order types want to charge people with the violation of the strongest possible laws at ever opportunity.
By the way was that a legitimate shooting? Can you blow someone's head off for attempting to steal your property in Florida?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

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