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.
A second person was also arrested in connection with the shooting in Fort Washington. Kquantae Fisher was arrested in connection with the crime, but later released after he agreed to testify for the prosecution. Fisher was subsequently killed in his Fort Washington home. Authorities have not determined whether that killing was connected to the murder trial.
While the extent of Fisher's testimony is unknown, eyewitness testimony can be vital to the prosecution or defense of criminal charges. While juries may consider motives and other factors, these fact finders are usually more interested in hearing what those who witnessed the event have to say.
Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience interviewing witnesses and determining what happened. This expertise can be vital in helping suspects prove their innocence. Local defense attorneys will utilize the evidence they gather to engage in plea negotiations with the prosecution. This process can help eliminate the more serious charges and reduced the penalties to be handed down.
Without the help of an experienced attorney, suspects may get overwhelmed with the details and put their freedom at risk. Experienced criminal defense attorneys can ensure the accused that they maximize the evidence against criminal responsibility which will minimize jail time.
Source: WUSA 9, "Jury selection underway in Marcus Jones murder case," Feb. 10, 2014