Prince George County authorities arrested a man last week who is accused of burglarizing a home in Lanham on February 5, 2014. According to reports, the man allegedly broke into a home located in the 10000 block of Storch Drive. He made away with personal property from the home valued at approximately $700. The suspect is currently being held in the County Department of Corrections.
Sometimes Maryland readers will come across a crime news story that sounds like an open and shut case. One may read the description of an incident and an arrest and come away with the idea that there is no way the accused will escape being found guilty. What these readers are forgetting is that these media stories tend to take the word of police officers as the definitive account of what happened. They tend to forget that there is usually at least one other side to the story, and the incident will look very different when told from the defendant's point of view.
Jury selection last Monday kicked off the murder trial of Akil Ings, accused of killing high school student Marcus Jones last January. According to reports, prosecutors will argue that Ings and Jones were in rival gangs. Meanwhile, Ings' criminal defense will try to distance the suspect from the crime.
Multiple charges are not uncommon. When police arrest a suspect, prosecutors will file charges against the accused for all crimes to which they are linked. As a result, it is not uncommon to seek five, ten, even twenty, charges in a single prosecution. A recent case, however, takes the cake.