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Two sides to an alleged homicide will be heard at trial

In 2007, a mother of three in Virginia disappeared and was not found until six weeks later. Her body was discovered in a park and after evaluation medical examiners determined that she died from a combination of drugs and alcohol in her system and that she had suffered blunt force trauma to her head. Law enforcement officials later charged her boyfriend with first-degree murder. The boyfriend claims that the woman died from an accidental overdose.

The boyfriend of the deceased individual is now in the process of defending himself from very serious murder charges. He and his legal team have alleged that the decedent had a serious drug problem and that both had used drugs on the date that the decedent passed away. He claimed that he woke up to find the decedent no longer breathing and that in a state of panic he told his parents what had happened and together they found someone to dispose of the decedent's corpse.

Prosecutors allege that the boyfriend intentionally gave the decedent a deadly cocktail of drugs that led to her death. Over the course of his trial the defendant in this story and his legal team will be pushed to prove that his actions did not cause the decedent's death and to undermine the accusations lodged by opposing counsel.

Facts and the evidence that support them are of critical importance to individuals confronted with serious criminal charges. In order to overcome the presumptions of guilt that oftentimes attach as prosecutors build their cases, defendants must be prepared with solid criminal defense strategies to protect their freedom and rights in the face of erroneous claims and inaccurate factual allegations.

Source: pilotonline.com, "Norfolk man says girlfriend overdosed by accident as cold-case murder trial begins," Jonathan Edwards, Sept. 20, 2017

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