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Missouri student faces drug charges in classmate's death

For many students in Missouri and across the country, college is a time of exploration and adventure. In fact, some students may ultimately experiment with alcohol and drugs. Unfortunately, police believe that a student recently died as a result of taking drugs; another student now faces drug charges as a result of the death.

The incident that led to one student's death and another's arrest reportedly happened on a day in early February. Police believe that a 19-year-old student sold Percocet to another student. The latter was reportedly discovered unresponsive in his room in a residence hall the next day.

2 police officers charged with assault in Missouri

Verbal disputes happen all the time. However, it is relatively rare that a verbal dispute turns to violence. Unfortunately, if an off-duty police officer is involved in a physical dispute, additional scrutiny could apply because of his or her occupation. Although assault charges have been announced against two Missouri police officers, many details of the dispute remain unclear.

The incident that led to criminal charges reportedly happened in April 2018. According to reports, an off-duty officer at a bar became involved in a confrontation with another customer. Reports claim that the same officer as well as another off-duty officer approached the customer as he sat in a van afterward.

4 Reasons why eye-witnesses aren't reliable

Since the development of sophisticated DNA testing, we’ve discovered that cases from the past that relied heavily on eye-witness accounts often lead to wrongful convictions. In fact, incorrect eyewitness identifications were involved in 70 percent of over 350 false convictions in the US.

These witnesses had no reason to intentionally lie about what they saw. They just didn’t see what they thought they saw.

Missouri car accident leads to DWI charge

Car accidents can happen at any time of day. Though law enforcement officials may be quick to assume that a driver who crashes at night may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, other issues, such as fatigue, could just as easily have been the cause. Unfortunately, a woman in Missouri now faces multiple criminal charges, including DWI, after she was allegedly involved in a single-vehicle collision.

The crash reportedly happened just after 2 a.m. on a day in January. According to police reports, the 26-year-old woman was northbound on a Missouri road. She allegedly lost control of her vehicle, causing it to strike two light poles at an intersection.

What is felony murder in Missouri?

The criminal justice system is often complex. For example, some people can find themselves charged with felony murder even if they were not directly involved in a person's death. In fact, 45 states have laws that allow someone to be charged with murder without actually killing someone. Though many states have recently weakened statutes that allow this, Missouri is not one of them.

In Missouri, anyone charged with a felony that is connected to a person's death could find him or herself charged with felony murder, regardless of the seriousness of the initial charge. For example, if a pedestrian is struck by a police vehicle while the officer is in pursuit of a fleeing suspect, the suspect could be charged with felony murder. The charge is popular in Missouri, with over 151 people charged with it from Jan. 2017 to Nov. 2018.

Elderly Missouri man charged with murder

Anyone who has shared a living space with a roommate has likely experienced some of the frustrations that come with it, even when they share a friendly relationship. Unfortunately, it can quickly become overwhelming. These frustrations combined with the disorientation that come be experienced by those people living in a nursing home could easily lead to misunderstandings. In fact, police in Missouri have charged an elderly man with murder in connection to the death of his roommate.

Police say that they were called to the nursing home one morning on a day in early January. According to reports, members of the nursing staff claim to have found a 69-year-old man who was in his bed and not breathing. The man was ultimately pronounced dead.

Can you get your criminal record expunged?

A criminal conviction follows you around for a long time. It shows up on background checks, and it could prevent you from getting a loan, job or housing.

Last January, Missouri passed a law expanding the crimes eligible for expungement. An expungement removes or seals records related to your arrest or conviction. The new law also cuts down the length of time you must wait to apply for expungement. Here are four questions you may have about the expungement process in Missouri.

Missouri car accident results in drug charges

A confrontation with a Missouri police officer can be nerve-wracking for many people. Often, the anxiety associated with such an encounter can even make someone who has committed no wrongdoing display symptoms that could be interpreted as guilt but are actually a product of nerves. Unfortunately, a man is now facing driving while intoxicated and drug charges after officers claimed he was involved in a car accident.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late December. According to reports, a pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old man crashed into another vehicle while traveling in the eastbound lanes of a Missouri highway. Police claim that the driver did not remain at the scene.

DWI accusations follow Missouri crash

While there is a risk of being involved in a car accident at any time of day or night, the lack of visibility experienced at night can be especially difficult for some drivers. Unfortunately, police may be quick to make assumptions about the cause of an accident that occurs during the early morning hours, concluding that alcohol or drugs were involved rather than a simple driver error. In fact, a man in Missouri was arrested for DWI following a recent crash.

The incident happened just before 2 a.m. on a day in mid-September. According to reports, the driver of a vehicle was unable to negotiate a curve. As a result, the vehicle exited the road on the left side before flipping.

Drunk driving accusations follow Missouri pedestrian crash

Many streets in Missouri have hazards. For example, the chances of an accident on a street that is not well lit could be higher. Unfortunately, drivers -- even those who are alert and vigilant -- may not be able to respond in time to an unexpected hazard in order to avoid a collision. In fact, four people were recently sent to the hospital after they were allegedly struck by a vehicle; the driver has since been charged with drunk driving.

The incident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. on a day in December. According to reports, a 42-year-old woman was walking with her 9-year-old son and her parents who were visiting from out of the country. Police say that a motor vehicle driven by a 48-year-old woman struck them from behind as they were walking on the street.

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