At the end of last month, a confrontation ended with the death of a 13-year-old. The man that is accused of killing the boy is 75 years old. Now, the man has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and appeared in Milwaukee court this week to enter a not guilty plea. According to new reports, the man who has less than five years to live will likely not agree to a plea deal.
This case appears to have ignited a racial controversy, which is garnering it a lot of media attention from local and national organizations. When a case is highly publicized it is important to remember that an accusation of a crime doesn't mean the person is guilty, and they have the right to a fair trial. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure that a person accused of a crime has the chance to defend themselves and receive a fair trial.
No matter what variables are involved in a case, it is important that the person accused of a crime understands their rights. Some rights a person has are to not incriminate themselves and to speak with an attorney. An attorney can help review evidence and make sure it was gathered legally.
If police or investigators gather evidence illegally the evidence might not be admitted in court. This can help reduce charges or have them dismissed entirely. Given the severity of the charge in this case, it is important that no detail be overlooked in order to allow the accused to have a fair trial.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "75-year-old pleads not guilty to killing teen neighbor," Bruce Vielmetti, June 11, 2012