A 40-year-old man is being held on murder charges and related offenses for the death of his landlord in District Heights. According to reports, neighbors called police around 6:45 p.m. after hearing a man allegedly crying for help. Prince George's County Police found a 42-year-old man suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
After some investigation, authorities arrested the accused in Washington D.C. three days after the incident. Police allege the accused rented a room from the victim and stabbed him after getting into an argument in a car. The man faces serious felony charges, but it is too early to comment on the status of his criminal defense.
Murder charges are an extremely serious ordeal in the world of criminal prosecution. In general, these charges can range from manslaughter to first-degree homicide, and it is not surprising that the authorities will pump more resources into higher level offenses. Put simply, this means that the state may employ multiple prosecutors, witnesses and gather other evidence in their favor in an attempt to prosecute those who allegedly committed a crime.
To combat this strategy and turn the tables around, the help of a criminal defense attorney may be beneficial. Whether one faces murder charges, serious felony assault charges or other criminal charges, the state will stop at nothing to make sure someone is put in jail for a long time. Local Upper Marlboro attorneys have confronted this before and know how to counteract the prosecution's efforts. A vigorous defense may need to be waged, in order to preserve an innocent person's freedom.
Source: Upper Marlboro Patch, "Suspect Accused in Death of Landlord," Caitlyn Fitzpatrick, Dec. 9, 2014