Definition of 'murder' before Georgia's Supreme Court

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ATLANTA — Georgia prosecutors are challenging a 29-year-old decision that bans the state from pursuing murder charges against some crime suspects.

Cobb County prosecutors asked the Georgia Supreme Court today to overturn a ruling that barred authorities from pressing murder charges against a crime accomplice when the would-be felon was killed by the crime's victim.

The case stems from a 2007 foiled robbery of suspected drug dealer Arthur Hogan, who shot and killed one of the three would-be thieves. Prosecutors charged the other two suspects with felony murder, contending that state law allowed it.

But a Cobb County judge threw out the charges in June based on the 1981 precedent-setting decision that prosecutors are now challenging.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 01/19/10 - 02:24 pm
Good grief! What a waste of

Good grief! What a waste of the court's time. There are fifty ways to lose your lover; and there are a thousand ways for prosecutors to charge someone with a crime. They don't need a thousand and one.

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