A man in New Jersey was recently accused of murdering a fellow retirement community resident with a gun. He now faces a murder charge along with a weapons charge. However, like anyone facing charges related to gun crimes, the man is presumed innocent until and unless his guilt is proved in criminal court.
Police said they were called to the retirement community at a little before 10 a.m. on a Monday. When they arrived there, they found a man lying on the ground and bleeding from the head. Gunshot wounds were also found in his back, and a hole from a bullet was discovered in a nearby residence's front door. The bleeding 71-year-old man ended up passing away within a short period.
The man who owned the residence was discovered at his second home in another area of New Jersey. The man, 86, was then interviewed and arrested for reportedly shooting the man who died. Authorities continued to investigate the incident.
When people are accused of violent crimes and/or gun crimes, it is within their rights to fight the charges filed against them. At trial, prosecutors are required to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before the defendants can be convicted and sentenced accordingly. An attorney in New Jersey will look for weaknesses in the prosecution's case in an effort to achieve the best outcome for the defendant considering the circumstances surrounding the case. The attorney will also make sure that the defendant's legal rights are not violated during any stage of the criminal proceedings. An experienced defense attorney will file a variety of motions for discovery, Miranda motions to suppress statements provided by his client, suppression motions to suppress evidence seized by law enforcement in violation of the client's fourth Amendment Rights, Wade and Hendersen motions to suppress in court and out of court identifications of the client that may be suggestive and unreliable.