A jury ruled that a 24 year old man should be sentenced to the death penalty for shooting a Delaware police officer, according to The Washington Post. The jury was split, with seven jurors recommending the death penalty, and five recommending he receive life in prison. The judge will make the final decision in May.
The shooting occurred in 2009. The convicted man allegedly shot at an individual identified as a drug dealer, whom he was trying to rob in a fast food restaurant’s parking lot. Two police officers began pursuing a car carrying the man and two others, and one of the officers was shot during the pursuit. During the trial, defense attorneys argued that the man suffers from brain damage in addition to being the victim of constant abuse as a child.
Violent crime cases, especially those involving murder charges, are extremely complex and propose serious penalties for the individual being charged. It is easy for the media to twist a story and not provide the public with all of the facts. While there is much debate regarding the ethics behind the death penalty, an individual may still receive this as punishment if an aggressive and experienced defense attorney is not obtained.
Many individuals who are facing murder charges in Maryland feel scared and overwhelmed. If you or someone you care about have been charged with murder, call the Maryland murder defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. We will help you learn about defenses to the crimes with which you have been charged, examine which evidence may not be admissible, and will provide you with a clear understanding of what to expect from the criminal justice system. Call us today at 866-444-6363.