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Two arrested in South Carolina and charged with murder

On behalf of Anderson Law Firm posted in Criminal Defense on Monday, June 11, 2012

South Carolina police claim they, with help from community tips, have solved a 6-year-old murder and armed robbery case with the arrest of two people. Police claim the two people shot a man in the upper body, resulting in his death, weeks after they robbed a local general store. Each of the accused has been charged with murder, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping and burglary.

In instances like this, both the community and law enforcement are eager to find justice. This hunger can lead to hasty arrests that result in unjustified criminal charges and wrongful criminal convictions. The seriousness of these situations requires individuals accused of crimes to seek out a competent defense team.

One way a defense team can approach a case like the one is to question the community tips that led to the arrest of the suspects. Though information received through hotlines and door-to-door questioning can be reliable, personal grudges, feuds, inaccurate or dishonest information may mean investigators receive false information. Investigators desperate for an arrest may also pressure individuals to give them answers. However, that information may not be reliable. It would be unfair for a person to be convicted based on these questionable tactics.

People who face accusations, especially when facing serious charges, deserve a thorough trial. A proper defense will attack many areas of a prosecution's case including physical evidence, motive and witness credibility. A criminal defense attorney will also work to ensure an individual's rights remain protected. Only then can the legal system truly find justice.

Source: WISTV, "Suspects arrested in 6-year-old murder, armed robbery," Jeremy Turnage, June 7, 2012

Tags: criminal charges, criminal defense, murder

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