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Criminal defense: New York man faces murder charge

A man from Queens is facing serious charges following a shooting on Aug. 15, according to local sources. New York police arrested the 34-year-old man and charged him with murder following the shooting death of a 21-year-old camp counselor. The man was arraigned on Aug. 26 in Queens Criminal Court, where he was likely accompanied by criminal defense representation.

According to the report, the man and several friends became engaged in an altercation with friends of the victim while leaving a store. An argument ensued, during which a member of the man's group purportedly shouted something at the other group. At this point the man is accused of pulling a handgun and firing. A bullet struck the victim in the head, killing her instantly.

The man is said to have fled the scene, but he was arrested 10 days later. He now stands charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second degree criminal possession of a weapon and, most seriously, second-degree murder. He is being held without bail in advance of court proceedings. Details of his arrest were not included in this report.

As a result, it will be up to his criminal defense representation to carefully examine the case files associated with this tragedy. The burden of proof lies with New York prosecutors to prove each and every element of the crimes charges beyond a reasonable doubt. The man's criminal defense counsel will likely play a crucial role as the case moves through the justice system. The severity of the charges is all the more reason why the legal rights of the accused must be preserved at every stage of the proceedings.

Source: pix11.com, "Queens man accused of fatally shooting camp counselor charged with murder", Aliza Chasan, Aug. 28, 2017

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