Murder / Homicide

Man arrested for violent crimes, charged with murder

Being charged with violent crimes can be overwhelming for most people. One of the most overwhelming violent crimes to be charged with is murder since it has life-changing consequences. An 8-month-old baby died, and a 28-year-old Illinois man has been accused of her murder.

The man was the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother, and initially, he was a person of interest. In the recent month, an arrest warrant was issued by the state attorney’s office in Cass County. At the time he was charged with murder, he was already in the county jail for a charge of child endangerment. Police say that an autopsy was performed on the baby, and it was determined that there were third degree burns and injuries linked with blunt force trauma.

In addition to being charged with murder, the man was also charged with aggravated battery to a child. He’s being held at the county jail on a $5 million bond. No other information about this case was reported.

It’s not known how the man will plea, but he may benefit by focusing on his rights throughout the criminal process in Illinois. Just because someone is formally charged with violent crimes does not mean they are guilty. That can only occur if prosecutors can actually obtain a conviction in court based upon relevant evidence that meets an intentionally stringent measure of proof. Defendants charged with murder or any other crime have the right to fight the charges before an impartial jury, and a formal plea of not guilty places the burden of proving the accusations in the hands of government prosecutors.

Source: wqad.com, “Live-in boyfriend charged with murder of Illinois baby“, Katrina Lamansky, Nov. 19, 2014

Illinois man arrested for multiple violent crimes outside mosque

A 41-year-old man was recently arrested after a shooting that took place outside of an Illinois mosque after a prayer service. The man allegedly shot another man in the back. The shooter was arrested and charged with multiple violent crimes.

The incident occurred on a Friday afternoon in late October after a prayer service ended. Reportedly, there was a confrontation between the victim and the alleged shooter. Police believe that the shooter sprayed a chemical in the victim’s face to disable him before shooting him in the back.  The victim suffered a graze wound and was treated at the scene.

Authorities were able to apprehend the shooter after he fled the scene and, upon a search of his vehicle, a magazine loader was discovered.  In addition to facing a charge for attempted murder, the man also faces charges for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. Authorities believe that this was not a random act and that the shooter, who was charged with domestic violence in 2011, knew the other man.

Violent crimes are felonies in Illinois and could result in a prison sentence for the man if he is convicted. In the state, as in all U.S. states, the man has the right to defend himself against the charges he faces. He has the right to a fair and just trial and has the right to testify on his own behalf. As part of his defense strategy, he may seek a plea deal or choose to take his case to court.

Source: CBS Chicago, “Man Charged In Shooting Outside Bridgeview Mosque“, Nov. 2, 2014