Howard County Homicide at Assisted Living Community is First of 2009

According to a recent article, an 87-year-old man from Columbia has been charged with the first homicide in Howard County this year. Commonly associated with being an affluent and safe city, the main centers of Howard County, Columbia and Ellicott City, were named together as 4th in Money Magazine’s “America’s Best Places to Live.” This secure reputation is undoubtedly shaken by the recent assault and homicide incident that took place at an assisted living community in Columbia. The elderly suspect is a resident of the nursing home whom Police believe began striking a fellow resident in the head without having been provoked. Any sort of motive for his actions is unknown at this time.

According to the article, the victim was 91-years-old and his cause of death was reported to be death caused by head trauma. The classification of his death was deemed homicide. Investigators do not think that the suspect and the victim knew each other. The 87-year-old suspect has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. The last homicide in Howard County was in October 2008, with a total of four homicides having taken place in the county that year.

Although it is unknown at this time what prompted the alleged assault, investigators may examine the mental health of the suspect, especially since the attack took place very abruptly and at random.

Regardless of your age, being charged with assault or homicide creates a situation in which your future is at risk of being affected by a lengthy jail sentence, steep fines, a tarnished reputation, and many other harsh penalties. Assault and homicide offenses are often considered felony crimes depending on the circumstances surrounding a specific case. Penalties can become even more unforgiving and strict when it involves a law enforcement officer, a gun or other weapon, or took place during another serious crime such as a drug offense or a sex crime.

Assault and homicide crimes in Maryland cover a wide range of offenses including reckless endangerment, domestic abuse, vehicular manslaughter, attempted murder, assault with a firearm, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, assault and battery, manslaughter, and accessory to murder or manslaughter. If you or someone you care about has been charged with any of these crimes, you should seek the legal advice and representation of a skilled Maryland homicide defense lawyer. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our criminal defense attorneys have the experience and resources it takes to build you strong defense in your assault or homicide case. Call us today at 866-444-6363 for a free case evaluation.

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