Authorities took a 23-year-old New Jersey man into custody on Sept. 10 after he allegedly shot and killed a 32-year-old man in an attempted robbery. The incident occurred on Sept. 5 in East Orange in front of the deceased man's residence.
The authorities stated that the deceased man was standing outside his home talking with a friend at approximately 12:30 a.m. He was reportedly approached by an unknown man before being shot. He was pronounced dead shortly after the police arrived at the scene.
It was not stated in the report how the authorities connected the accused man to the murder. Sources indicated that a $10,000 reward was initially offered by the crime stoppers program in exchange for information relating to the incident. After the 23-year-old was located and apprehended, he was charged with multiple offenses, including felony murder, robbery and unlawful possession of a handgun. He was being held in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.
Those who are charged with felonies could potentially be facing severe, life-altering consequences if they are convicted. Depending upon the evidence being brought against an accused individual, an attorney might be able to suppress it if it was obtained by infringing upon the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights. Additionally, an attorney could also review any witness statements for possible inconsistences in the official police report, which could raise reasonable doubt in a jury trial and thus lead to dropped charges. An attorney might also seek to have some of the penalties reduced through a negotiated plea deal.
Source: NJ.com, "Man killed outside East Orange home during apparent robbery, $10K reward offered," Seth Augenstein, Sept. 5, 2014
Source: NJ.com, "Arrest brings no closure in East Orange man's murder, mother says", Jessica Mazzola, September 12, 2014