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Criminal defense: Woman arrested for murder in New York

A woman has been arrested following the suspected murder of a man whose body was found on the roof of a McDonald's in the Bronx, according to local sources. New York authorities responded to a call which led them to the grisly discovery. They have since arrested an 18-year-old woman, and two accomplices are believed still at large. It is unclear whether she has retained criminal defense counsel, but her next court date was set for Aug. 17. 

According to the bizarre report, witnesses called police after seeing what appeared to be an unconscious man on the roof of a fast-food restaurant. Officers arriving on the scene said they found the man unresponsive and wrapped in a plastic bag. He was later pronounced dead by EMS on the scene. 

Officers arrested the teenager two days later. She has been charged with murder, concealing a corpse and tampering evidence. Documents submitted to the court suggest the woman and two male accomplices broke into the man's apartment for reasons unknown and beat him to death. Police believe the men wrapped the body in a plastic bag and put it on the roof, but neither of these two men have yet been arrested. 

The murder of a human being is a tragedy in any situation. However, the penalty for such a crime is severe in the state of New York, which is why the burden of proof rests on prosecutors to prove conclusively and beyond reasonable doubt that the woman was in fact involved in the murder. Her criminal defense attorney will attempt to build a strong case in her defense by carefully reviewing case information provided by police. 

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