People who face serious criminal charges in Phoenix can often be at a loss for how to appropriately defend themselves. Felonies can carry harsh consequences for convicted defendants. Whether charges are for sexual crimes, weapons crimes, burglary, aggravated assault or something else, it is important for all suspects and defendants to know that the law protects their right to a full defense.
Two brothers in Maricopa County are today grateful for the laws that make defense against criminal charges possible after being acquitted of multiple felony charges. The case began in 2007 when three gang members were killed and three other people were injured by shots fired by the men at their mother’s home. The shooting took place upon the second visit by the gang members in the same day. After firing subsided, one of the defendants called 911 requesting an ambulance. He admitted shooting people but indicated his actions were in self-defense.
Jurors found the two men innocent on six different counts. An additional six counts resulted in hung verdicts, the future of which is unknown at this time. Evidence integral to the acquittals included two taped calls to emergency dispatch, one of which was initiated by the defendants’ then 10-year old brother. Reports indicate that the prosecution initially attempted to prevent the calls from being used during the trial.
Even the most serious charges can result in positive outcomes for defendants. After an arrest for any form of felony charge, defendants may wish to consider speaking to a private defense attorney to learn more about how to get help.
Source: AZCentral.com, “911 calls sway jurors in brothers’ Phoenix murder trial,” Michael Kiefer, August 13, 2014