This Washington Post article reports that a man is being held without bond in connection with an alleged murder that occurred in June 2009. Law enforcement officials have charged a 28-year-old man with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his wife, a 26-year-old, to death and making up a story about her having been killed in a carjacking. Police say that the woman’s body was found beside a rural Kent County road on Friday, June 5, 2009, and the Kent County medical examiner ruled that her death was a homicide.
The accused husband is a member of the United States Navy assigned to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station when the alleged homicide took place. He told police that he and his wife were on their way back home from Brooklyn, N.Y. when they were carjacked on the New Jersey Turnpike. Law enforcement officials charged him with causing his wife’s death when they found inconsistencies in his account of the carjacking. Maryland State Police found the couple’s car in the District of Columbia and recovered evidence that implicated the accused in the killing of his wife.
If someone is convicted of murder charges and homicide charges in Maryland, they can be punished with some of the most serious criminal penalties under Maryland law.
Criminal penalties in Maryland homicide cases include, but are not limited to:
- Years and even decades in prison
- Steep criminal fines
- The inability to lawfully own a firearm
- Community service
- The inability to obtain certain types of employment
- A permanent mark on their record
- And many other serious criminal penalties and restrictions on their freedoms
Because the man, in this case, attempted to mislead investigators in the alleged Maryland homicide, a prosecutor might also file obstruction of justice charges and other charges that could result in criminal penalties that are even harsher than those listed above. Since murder and homicide charges can result in life-changing punishments, it is important that people accused of committing homicide retain the services of an experienced Maryland homicide defense attorney.
If you or someone you care for is facing murder or homicide charges, it is critically important to have an experienced Maryland murder defense lawyer like those at Maryland criminal defense law firm Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC by your side. Their skilled attorneys can explain the charges in plain language, protect your rights, and advise you of your options so that you can make an informed decision about which course of action will be best for you. To schedule, a free case evaluation with the homicide defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer calls (301) 321-7277today.