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Man Begins Criminal Defense, Accused of Killing Neighbor's Wife

On behalf of Kenneth Krebs of Law Offices of Karlstrom & Krebs posted in Criminal Defense on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

An ex-Marine has recently entered a plea in his criminal case. The 24-year-old has been accused of killing his neighbor's wife, and he was extradited back to California from another state. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder in his criminal defense.

The 19-year-old woman was reported missing on June 28. The investigators have hypothesized that the defendant and the victim may have been having an affair. While the authorities searched for the woman, they began investigating the defendant. After finding the woman's body, the investigators arrested the defendant and accused him of murder. However, the woman's cause of death has not been publicly released.

The authorities claim that they have certain evidence against the man, including ammunition and tire tracks found at what they believe to be the murder scene. The man's charge comes with a special circumstance, claiming that he "lied in wait" for an opportunity to lure and murder the woman. If convicted of the crime, the special circumstance could mean that the man might face the death penalty. The trial is expected to be lengthy.

When a person is accused of murder, it is only natural for the investigation to take a longer period of time. However, as more evidence is discovered, there may be pieces of evidence that the man can use to his advantage in his criminal defense. Every individual accused of a crime in California has certain legal rights that must be protected throughout their criminal process. A careful analysis of the prosecution's case, along with a review of the available evidence, typically identifies the best manner in which to proceed to contest the charges and fight for the best possible result.

Source: USA Today, " Ex-Marine pleads not guilty in murder of neighbor's wife", Brett Kelman, Aug. 27, 2014