When individuals have serious criminal charges brought against them, finding the best way to handle those allegations can differ from person to person. Criminal law proceedings can hinge on the specific details of a situation and personal preferences of those accused. Parties who have been charged in the same alleged crime may find themselves taking different avenues when addressing their cases.
One man and one woman in Alabama undoubtedly hope to find the best methods for approaching their cases after recently being indicted. Reports stated that the two individuals were charged in relation to the deaths of five individuals. Purportedly, the man and woman either stabbed or shot a woman who was 9 months pregnant, an 8-year-old boy, the woman's mother and a 1-year-old boy.
Authorities allegedly obtained security footage from the home that showed the man and woman entering and exiting the residence at the time of the reported event. The 42-year-old man is facing 18 charges of capital murder, and the 44-year-old man is facing 19 counts. Arson and burglary charges are apparently being grouped among those counts.
Though charged in the same alleged crime, the man and woman will likely want to take their individual interests into account when determining how to handle the allegations. Their defense preferences may differ, and exploring information on their defense options may help them each make decisions with which they feel comfortable. Because Alabama criminal law proceedings can prove complex, they will certainly want to ensure that the knowledge they gain is reliable, and utilizing local legal resources may help them do so.
Source: CBS News, "Alleged bigamist couple indicted in slayings of 5 family members", Aug. 11, 2017