A Montgomery County grand jury recently handed down some of the most serious charges anyone can ever face: two men and a minor were charged with premeditated murder. The three are accused of “unlawfully, feloniously, intentionally and with premeditation” killing a 19-year-old Clarksville man last summer.
The defendants are 20 years old, 18 and 17, according to the Leaf-Chronicle.
The victim and the 18-year-old were reportedly feuding over a girl both were dating.
Authorities believe the trio conspired to lure the victim to the scene of the shooting and that the 20-year-old fired 13 shots at him, including at least one that hit the victim in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the Needmore Court scene.
Those are the accusations made in the newspaper; accusations that come from prosecutors and the grand jury. As we all should know, however, the filing of accusations is one of the first steps in the legal process, not the last. Prosecutors have been heard from, but defendants will get their days in court, too.
In similar cases, prosecution conspiracy theories can sometimes unravel in court or in negotiations with defense attorneys as quickly as they were put together.
Experienced defense attorneys will carefully examine what prosecutors allege that their clients said and did in dedicated efforts to protect defendants’ rights and freedoms at every stage of the legal process. In some cases, charges can be reduced or dropped, minimizing possible penalties or eliminating them entirely.
In other situations, the best outcome for a client is found at trial. In all circumstances, the law firm of Edward E. DeWerff, Attorney at Law, commits to putting its more than two decades of experience to work to protect you. Please see our Criminal Charges page for more information on our firm.