Man freed after judge decides evidence lacking for violent crimes

Man freed after judge decides evidence lacking for violent crimes

A Maryland man has been acquitted of criminal charges after he reportedly shot an intruder in his home in 2013. The defendant was cleared of the charges after a judge ruled that the prosecution had not provided enough evidence to convict the man of violent crimes including second-degree murder and manslaughter. Interestingly, that ruling came before the defense could even make its initial presentation; the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge concluded the criminal proceeding before the defense was needed.

Attorneys for the man say they are “elated” at the court’s decision, which has cleared the defendant of all charges in connection with the matter. The defendant says he is looking forward to resuming his career in the Air Force. As a sergeant in that military branch, the man had his security clearance revoked because he was standing trial for the murder charges.

Official reports show that the man shot the victim on Sept. 15 when that man came to his home demanding to see the defendant’s wife. The defendant told the victim to leave the premises, but the other man came charging through the front door. The defendant fired two shots at the victim. Defense attorneys had argued that the man feared a threat of violence, as he was defending his home and several guests who were inside.

In many criminal cases, defense attorneys will file a motion to clear the defendant of wrongdoing after the prosecution has presented its evidence. If the judge decides that the prosecution did not meet the standard burden of proof, then the defendant may be exonerated. This approach — and other criminal defense strategies — are used to protect criminal defendants who are accused of every type of violation from violent crimes to assault charges and rape.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Glen Burnie man acquitted in shooting death of visitor to his home” Pamela Wood, Jun. 20, 2014

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