When a person dies under suspicious circumstances, both surviving family members and the community as a whole wants — understandably — answers. However, in the haste to provide these answers, it may be easy for law enforcement officials to fail to address certain issues surrounding a case. For example, there are many unanswered questions after a man in Missouri was charged with murder.
The incident happened on a day in June. According to reports, the victim was discovered after he died at his home. Reports indicate that he suffered from a slit throat and stab wounds.
A 38-year-old man has since been arrested in connection with his death. Police say that the victim was “making unwanted sexual advances” toward the defendant. The latter now faces multiple charges, including armed criminal action and murder in the first degree. According to police, the incident remains under investigation and the man could face additional charges; he is currently being held on $1 million bond.
Some of questions surrounding the case include how police connected the defendant to the man’s death and, if he was involved, whether he felt his personal safety may have been at risk. Unless Missouri prosecutors can provide sufficient evidence to prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the man cannot be convicted of the charges against him. He may want an experienced criminal defense attorney on his side to help him respond to the accusations he is facing. Regardless of the accusations a person faces, such a professional can work to ensure that those charged with a crime — including murder — are treated lawfully throughout the criminal justice proceedings.