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Report of missing Missouri man leads to murder charges

There are few things more daunting than being the subject of a police investigation. Often, those in such a predicament may feel obligated to answer police questions even though they do not have an attorney advising them. However, any information they provide can be used against them. A man in Missouri is now likely wondering about his legal options after his recent arrest on murder charges, among others.

The police investigation was reportedly sparked on a day in early December when family members of a 52-year-old man reported him missing, saying they had not heard from him in approximately two weeks. Deputies consulted with the man's bank and discovered that his debit card was still being used in the days after he reportedly went missing. Surveillance video, according to police, showed a previous roommate of the missing man using the card even though the former was not present.

Police say that a suspect they questioned admitted being present when another man shot the missing man in the stomach while he was sitting in a chair. Police ultimately issued a search warrant for the alleged shooter's property where they say they discovered a burn pile, human remains and parts of chair matching the description of the one the victim had been sitting in at the time of the shooting. DNA testing is being conducted on the remains to confirm their identity.

In addition to first degree murder, the man who police believe pulled the trigger is also charged with abandonment of a corpse, armed criminal action and tampering with evidence. Regardless of statements made by law enforcement officials, those who are accused of a crime in Missouri and across the country are presumed innocent until -- and unless -- sufficient evidence is provided in court to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Those facing such charges without legal experience may feel unprepared to carefully examine the evidence against them and determine the most appropriate course of action. Fortunately, there are experienced attorneys who can help.

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