When the police arrest someone on a homicide charge for a recent event to which there were no witnesses, it's reasonable to question the details and validity of the arrest. That may be the situation developing in the recent violent crime arrest of a 21-year-old man as a suspect in the murder of a 42-year-old North Carolina man in his home a few days earlier. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced that they arrested the man without incident.
In a country professing to guarantee extensive civil rights to criminal defendants, there's no shortage of innocent individuals being sent to prison or to their death. In North Carolina, another man has been released and found to have had nothing to do with a murder for which he was convicted and imprisoned for 17 years. This is the latest in a string of such discoveries in North Carolina.
Four people facing several violent crime charges in North Carolina have had their cases continued. They are all charged with murder after the death of a local college student. If a conviction is obtained, three may receive the death penalty. The other individual accused of the violent crime is a minor, and he could face up to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, if convicted.
A North Carolina man is facing a violent crime charge after an elderly woman died recently. The 51-year-old has been charged with murder and stands accused of beating the woman to death. Authorities believe the violent crime occurred when the man allegedly broke into the woman's apartment with plans to rob the home and instead found it occupied.
People often think that once a criminal conviction for a crime is obtained, the case is over, but that is often far from the truth. One case that proves this point is that of Jeffrey MacDonald, who was convicted of murder in 1979 and has been in federal prison ever since. The notorious case has spawned best-sellers, a popular television miniseries and numerous appeals.
Many North Carolina residents are aware of a recent news story in which a local man is accused of killing his wife. Police interrogation tapes apparently reveal that the man claimed the violent crime occurred accidentally. He stated he picked up a gun from a bag that was on the floor. However, he told detectives he did not notice that his wife was bleeding after the gun fired. He claims his wife even stated she was OK after the weapon went off.
A North Carolina car accident turned tragic when an 8-year-old child died from her injuries. This particular accident took an even more tragic turn when it was later discovered that the man allegedly responsible for the accident intentionally turned his vehicle toward his girlfriend, to whom he was engaged to be married, and her daughter before the accident.
An alleged gang member is in police custody in Wilmington, accused of a violent crime. The man is accused of shooting a 22-year-old unarmed man after a fight. The claimed violent crime led to a single count of first-degree murder.
On the night of April 6, North Carolina police were summoned to a home in Gaston County. A 43-year-old man was found dead of gunshot wounds in the backyard of the residence. His 47-year-old brother was arrested and charged with the violent crime.
On March 5, 2008, the student body president of the University of North Carolina was senselessly murdered on a residential street near the college campus. Two men were charged with her murder, one of whom pleaded guilty last year and is currently serving two life terms. The second man, now 20 years old, went to trial on first-degree murder allegations on December 7.