A local Upper Marlboro man has been arrested by county officials on charges of second degree murder. According to reports, the 43-year-old suspect is believed to be responsible for the killing of a 55-year-old man in Seat Pleasant over the weekend.
Police responded to an emergency call at an automotive business on the 6500 block of Central Avenue. There, they discovered the victim with a gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspected shooter has allegedly admitted to his involvement in the shooting. Despite this, the man's criminal defense will still be vital to determining the course of his criminal prosecution.
There is a common misconception that criminal defense is solely focused on proving innocence. While this is certainly the case in many criminal cases, sometimes it is very obvious that a suspect committed an act. In this case, for example, the suspect apparently admitted to being involved in the alleged homicide.
Despite the clarity of the result, it is not always clear why or how a crime occurred. In some cases, people act in self-defense or are otherwise spurred to act out of character. These circumstances have an effect on criminal liability.
As a result, accused individuals are urged to contact a local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorney. These professionals can evaluate a case and may be able to help those charged reduce penalties or eliminate criminal liability altogether even if an act was committed. Effective plea negotiations can potentially avoid jail or possibly even probation time, adding years to the accused life. Therefore, it is always prudent, no matter the crime, that a suspect consult an expert.
Source: Gazette.net, "Upper Marlboro man arrested in connection with homicide Saturday," Chase Cook, March 17, 2104