It’s been 15 years since a woman was murdered in Dundalk, Maryland. The 24-year-old woman’s throat was cut and she was strangled. The crime occurred in the woman’s home.
Police said the case had gone cold until they received a tip from an alleged co-conspirator. That man told police that a 36-year-old living in Denver, Colorado, was behind the woman’s death. Investigators later determined that the 36-year-old man had hired two other men over the Internet to kill his girlfriend. The motive was reportedly an insurance policy worth $700,000 on the woman.
One of the men reportedly hired was the man who tipped police off as to the boyfriend’s identity and motive. That man has also pleaded guilty to killing the woman and is awaiting sentencing on the first-degree murder charge.
The man police say was a middleman between the woman’s boyfriend and the man who killed the woman has been sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder. The boyfriend’s trial is due to begin in June. He was charged last September with witness intimidation. According to investigators, a Baltimore County Detention Center inmate was contacted about hurting the man who tipped off police.
This case shows how complex some cases can be. It’s important for defendants to present strong defense against charges like these because the penalties are so significant. An attorney can ensure a defendant’s rights are not violated, no matter what the charge or evidence the prosecution may have. Every defendant facing charges in the U.S. has a right to a fair and just trial, as well as the right to appeal a verdict that is unfavorable.
Source: WBAL-TV, “Man sentenced in 15-year-old murder-for-hire plot” Katie Lange, Feb. 02, 2015