The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 43-year-old Philadelphia man in connection with a woman's fatal buttocks injections received in the D.C. area. According to the sheriff's office, the purpose of the injections was to give the woman larger buttocks. The woman met the suspect in a Capital Heights hotel room in March for the treatment.
Unfortunately, the woman began feeling sick shortly after the procedure and checked herself into a local hospital where she later died. The death was ruled a homicide. The suspect was recently extradited from St. Louis to face second-degree murder charges. His criminal defense lawyer was unavailable for comment.
Authorities allege they could find no evidence that the man had any medical training. Nonetheless, this does not appear to be a case of an intentional killing. This may be a case that has been overcharged by the prosecution. In a case like this one of the first strategies of defense counsel will likely be to seek a reduction of the charge to manslaughter before trial.
Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense lawyers have dealt with cases like these where the prosecutors take an unfortunate incident and try to imply a criminal intent. Defeating this strategy can be difficult given the tragedy but it is important to be objective about what actually occurred. If you have been charged with a serious crime you should contact a local criminal defense lawyer for guidance. These professionals can engage in aggressive plea negotiations and seek to reduce your penalties.
Source: CBS DC, "Pa Man Charged in Woman's Fatal Butt Injections in D.C. Area," January 16, 2015