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Criminal defense: New York student charged with murder

A student at Binghamton University has been accused of stabbing another student to death on campus, according to local sources. The 20-year-old New York student has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder. The plea was entered before the court by his criminal defense attorney on April 16. It is unclear whether he is in police custody at this time. 

According to the charges, a 19-year-old freshman at the college was attacked on the night of April 15 in a campus residence. First responders found the male victim suffering from serious stab wounds to his torso, apparently made with a knife. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. 

Investigators later went over footage from the residence's security cameras, showing a man wearing dark pants and a sweatshirt attacking the victim. Police believe this man is the 20-year-old they arrested, who they also believe intentionally targeted the victim. However, they did not elaborate as to why. Police are currently working with campus security and the community at large to improve security measures on university property. 

New York prosecutors must rely on tangible evidence in order to prove charges of this magnitude. While the security footage will likely be offered into evidence before a trial, the accused man's criminal defense attorney will also be entitled to carefully review the footage, as well as any other evidence the prosecution wishes to proffer. They will use this opportunity to build a strong case in his defense. 

Source: kcra.com, "New York college student charged in 'targeted' stabbing death of freshman", April 17, 2018

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