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Murder and Manslaughter

Murder – Case Dismissed

This client was indicted for murdering a man who had raped a female friend. We reexamined the testimony of the witnesses and found that his alleged actions could not cause the injuries indicated in the autopsy results. We developed evidence that the deceased may have been assaulted by someone else prior to contact with our client. The case was eventually dismissed, and our client cleared of all charges.

Manslaughter – Case No-Billed

This client was driving at a high rate of speed (according to the police report) in a construction zone when he hit and killed a jogger. We were able to establish that the client’s speed could not be scientifically verified and was exaggerated by police reports. We also showed that the jogger had unlawfully entered the roadway in the dark, leaving no opportunity for our client to avoid the accident. The case was presented to the Grand Jury and no-billed.

Manslaughter – Case Reduced and Sentenced to Probation

This client was a bartender who overserved an intoxicated person, and that person later died in his home. The DA’s office accepted the case as a misdemeanor for serving an intoxicated person an alcoholic beverage. The client was eventually sentenced to probation.

Manslaughter – Case Reduced

This client had a previous criminal record that would not allow him to possess a gun. He had been threatened earlier in the night and believed someone might be trying to assault him at home. He shot at a person he believed to be an attacker and accidentally killed a fellow housemate. Documented for the prosecutor the credible threats that client had received and negotiated a reduction to probation on a criminally negligent homicide charge.

Murder*/Aggravated Assault by a Police Officer – Not Guilty Returned by Jury at Trial

This client was a police officer who responded to a suspicious person call about two people in an automobile. Despite the officer’s repeated commands, the two people in the car refused to exit the vehicle or show their hands. Our client saw the vehicle reverse in the direction of other officers and shot to defend his fellow officers. This case went to jury trial where we cross examined the government’s witnesses and provided our own. We were able to show that the officer’s conduct was justified under the law. Our client was acquitted of all charges and went home to his family.

*Case was filed as an aggravated assault by a police officer because it is easier for the prosecution to prove than murder, and it carries the same punishment range.


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