Criminal defense may be necessary for accused man in Pennsylvania

A Pittsburgh man is dead and police suspect foul play, authorities have reported. Pennsylvania police have arrested another man in connection with the alleged murder and are currently investigating the presumed crime further. So far, it does not appear the accused man has retained criminal defense counsel. 

The report released to press outlets says the 22-year-old man allegedly met with the 21-year-old male victim on the evening of Aug. 22 for what police believe was going to be a prescription drug deal. However, police think the older man drew a weapon and forced the younger man to drive to an ATM to withdraw an unspecified amount of cash. The duo then drove into a wooded area nearby where the murder allegedly took place. 

The body of the younger man was recovered from that wooded lot on Aug. 25. The older man was later pulled over and arrested by police for weapon possession charges as well as drug paraphernalia charges. He now faces a charge of kidnapping, robbery, criminal homicide and several related charges, which he will face in a court of law when a court date is booked for him. 

However, the burden of proof is on Pennsylvania prosecutors to prove conclusively that the man murdered the victim. In criminal defense, any reasonable doubt is usually pursued, so defense attorneys may choose to more carefully analyze the events leading up to the alleged murder to determine motive, if any. They may also choose to review the specifics of the man's arrest by police to determine whether his rights were respected throughout the arrest process. 

Source:, "Suspect charged in death of man found shot in woods", Aug. 28, 2016

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