LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Car break-ins could land two men on death row. Police shot one break-in suspect, and now the other two face capital murder charges.
"If the two defendants are found guilty of capital murder, the sentence could be death," said Paula Casey, Law Professor at UALR.
One man died from the robbery-turned-standoff Thursday. Police shot 18-year-old Kenzell Hobbs after they said he ran away and later opened fire near a University Avenue bus stop.
Little Rock Police also responded to Pierce Street and arrested Roy Boles after finding him hiding in bushes and later arrested a third man, Gary Coleman.
"Both Mr. Roy Boyles and Mr. Gary Coleman are charged with capital murder as well as auto breaking and entering and fleeing," said Sgt. Cassandra Davis of the Little Rock Police Department.
Casey said prosecutors will use the felony murder rule and look for proximate cause, or events that caused the murder.
"It's almost like when the third guy pulled the gun, it's the action of all that were involved," said Casey.
Casey added that crimes like this one serve as a reminder to be aware of who you're running with.
"You better know who you're hanging out with. You better know what they're up to because you may be responsible for their actions if those people are your cohorts," said Casey.
Professor Casey included that while this case will look for proximate cause, other jurisdictions often require felony murder charges be only for the individual who physically committed the crime.
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