Two high-profile murder cases involve juvenile crime, domestic violence in Miami

Two high-profile murder cases are making news across the state, one involving domestic violence in Miami and the other involving juvenile crime in Overtown.

The Miami Herald reports that the husband of a state prison guard has been charged with murder after his wife was found stabbed to death outside the couple’s home. Meanwhile, lifelong friends in Overtown have been arrested and charged with killing each other’s brother, the Herald reports.

A criminal defense lawyer in Miami will need to represent each of the brother’s separately; the state will likely seek to charge them as adults. In the case of the prison guard, the husband’s attorney will need to see if there was a history of domestic violence involved in the killing and will work to have any such history excluded from the trial.

The Herald reports the teens in the second case were life-long friends. Both 17-year-olds are in detention. One is charged with killing the other’s brother on July 17. The second teen is charged with killing his friend’s 32-year-old brother on Sept. 15 during a confrontation over the first killing, according to the Herald.

One teen had been charged in January 2009 with taking a gun to school and had been charged in March with hitting and threatening to kill his pregnant girlfriend. He also has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon on several occasions. The second teen had been charged in 2008 with vehicle theft and resisting an officer without violence.

Like any domestic violence allegations in the first case, a Miami juvenile defense lawyer will work to keep the past criminal records out of trial in the current case.

In either case, a defendant’s best chances are to seek representation from a qualified defense lawyer right away. Too often in such cases, it is a defendant’s own statements to investigators that become some of the most damning evidence against him. An experienced defense lawyer should be called as early as possible in such cases, to handle any interaction of any family members with law enforcement and to conduct a thorough review of the evidence.

Unfortunately, defendants frequently assist investigators in closing otherwise shaky cases by the statements they make after arrest — either to officers, to family members or to fellow inmates. Detectives know this, and will frequently make an arrest in a case that may very well not be strong enough to make it to trial without statements made after arrest.

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