Two New Jersey residents may be facing a lot of opposition as their murder trial is set to go before a grand jury. The male suspect is looking at more serious penalties if he is convicted while the female suspect has only been charged as an accomplice to murder.
Criminal charges are serious, especially if they are murder charges. Anytime an individual has been charged with a crime, the consequences can be great. Even if the charges are eventually dismissed or the suspect is found not guilty, accusations can follow a person around for the rest of his or her life.
The two suspects were allegedly involved in a fatal shooting that occurred in the early hours of the morning. An off-duty police officer had been escorting a woman to her car when a gunman, likely the male suspect, approached them. The gunman robbed the two and left, but not before shooting the off-duty officer once.
It is unclear how the police found the two suspects. But police departments from several different counties joined efforts in a massive manhunt that eventually led them to the male and female.
Hopefully both suspects have spoken with defense attorneys. The male suspect has a lot of things to overcome given his criminal history. According to a county prosecutor, the suspect has been arrested a number of different times as both a juvenile and as an adult. He has also been convicted of escaping detention.
Speaking with a defense attorney can be beneficial for a number of different reasons. Ultimately it can help the suspects protect their rights and their future. The charges are serious and could change the two suspect's lives forever.
Source: North Jersey, "Cops flood arraignment in slaying of Newark officer in Paterson - video," John Petrick, Nov. 17, 2011