Court of Appeal of the State of California - 82 Cal. Rptr. 598, 2 Cal. App. 3d 203
The defendants in this case were convicted of robbery and first-degree murder of the victim, who died due to heart disease after the robbery. The defendants argue that the felony-murder rule should not have been applied due to the unforeseeability of the victim's death. The court found that there was substantial evidence to prove that the robbery caused the victim's death, and therefore, the felony-murder rule applies. The felony-murder rule applies when a killing is committed during the perpetration or attempt to perpetrate a robbery, regardless of whether the killing was intentional or accidental. The doctrine of felony murder presumes malice aforethought when a felony inherently dangerous to human life is committed.
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