Tex McIver: What is felony murder?

4/23/18 - Atlanta - Standing amidst his attorneys, including Amanda Clark Palmer (left), Tex McIver is handcuffed and taken into custody after the verdict.  The jury found Tex McIver guilty on four of five charges on their fifth day of deliberations today at the Tex McIver murder trial at the Fulton County Courthouse.   Bob Andres bandres@ajc.com
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4/23/18 - Atlanta - Standing amidst his attorneys, including Amanda Clark Palmer (left), Tex McIver is handcuffed and taken into custody after the verdict. The jury found Tex McIver guilty on four of five charges on their fifth day of deliberations today at the Tex McIver murder trial at the Fulton County Courthouse. Bob Andres bandres@ajc.com

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

Tex McIver was found guilty on Monday of felony murder but acquitted of malice murder.

What’s the difference?

Malice Murder:  An intentional murder that is willful and premeditated.

Felony Murder: A killing that occurs during the commission or attempted commission of a felony. Intent is not necessary. In the case of McIver, the underlying felony was aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.