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Criminal defense: New York man charged with murder

| Aug 4, 2020 | Criminal Defense

A former employee of a technology magnate is facing serious charges for his alleged role in the other man’s death, according to information released by authorities. New York law enforcement arrested the 21-year-old man, who was the 33-year-old victim’s former personal assistant. The younger man faces murder charges and is being held without bail by police pending a trial date. There is no word as to whether he has retained criminal defense counsel. 

The details of the murder are bizarre by some estimations, as it appears the victim was followed into his condominium directly from the elevator, which opens directly into his home. Security cameras in the building caught images of the victim speaking with another man dressed in a black suit and carrying a duffel bag. Upon entering the apartment, the assailant is seen firing a Taser into the victim’s back, immobilizing him. He then proceeds to stab the other man to death. 

The following morning the accused man’s credit records apparently show him purchasing an electric saw and cleaning supplies. The victim’s body was later found dismembered. The man is now charged with second-degree murder. Police have mentioned that motive may exist given the man was fired by the victim after allegedly stealing some $90,000 from him. 

Crimes of this type rarely happen without a reason, and it may be the choice of the accused man’s criminal defense team to attempt to explain the bizarre nature of this crime in a way that most benefits the client’s position in the case. It will be up to New York prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man actually committed the crimes of which he stands accused. The burden of proof rests solely with the prosecution, and there may be opportunities to defend the man’s innocence or negotiate a plea agreement to a lesser charge in exchange for favorable sentencing considerations.