Murder charges filed after a month-long investigation

Felonies occur in communities throughout the country every day, but the details of some are more shocking than others. Sadly, the Ann Arbor area recently had to hear about the details of an alleged crime that left three men facing murder charges after weeks of investigation.

According to the reports, the victim, a 71-year-old man, was found in dead in his apartment on December 1. The man's body was reportedly in an advanced state of decomposition when it was found. In the subsequent investigation law enforcement officials allegedly discovered that numerous items were missing from the man's apartment, including credit cards. It was through these missing items that the police were ultimately led to suspect the three individuals who were recently taken into custody. Besides the murder charges, all three of the suspects will also face felony charges of robbery.

The 18-year-old, 19-year-old and 20-year-old suspects are most likely feeling the intense scrutiny that accompanies being charged with murder. Too often in our society the public will immediately assume that suspects arrested in these types of cases are guilty, because, as is commonly the case, the public will think "well, they wouldn't have been arrested if they hadn't been involved." That is when an arrestee's rights become even more important.

Further, when these suspects are crafting a criminal defense, it will be important to remember that law enforcement officials also feel public pressure in this type of situation - pressure to make an arrest. As the details regarding the evidence against these three suspects come out, it will be interesting to see how the police connected a chain of clues that were strong enough to result in arrests.

Source: The News-Herald, "ANN ARBOR: Three Downriver residents arrested for murder," Ben Baird, Dec. 18, 2013

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