Sometimes there is a fine line between defending yourself and murder. Murder is a crime that typically carries heavy penalties, which makes building a strong defense extremely important for anyone facing murder or manslaughter charges.
According to law enforcement officials in Virginia Beach, a 35-year-old man who told police that he shot another man out of self-defense has been charged with second-degree murder. When officers responded to an early morning robbery call earlier this month, the man claimed to be the victim of a robbery and said that he shot the man committing the crime. The alleged robber was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
Upon further investigation, law enforcement officials determined that the man who was killed was shot in the back of the head, and they have also connected the shooter with a local robbery and shooting that happened a few days earlier at a local pizza place. During the robbery, two of the pizza restaurant's employees suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but the robber got away with the money in the cash register.
After investing connecting the suspect to the earlier crime, the police have charged the shooter with second-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding, grand larceny, four counts of use of a firearm and robbery.
But police haven't detailed the evidence they have linking the man with the earlier robbery. It will be important to know what evidence they have. Also, police haven't said why they think the man faked the robbery story. What if he actually was getting robbed?
Source: Fox 43 TV, "Man Charged with Killing Alleged Robber," Mila Mimica and Jason Marks, Dec. 20, 2012