Category: Murder Defense

 

Homicide cases deal with the killing of another human being. But the circumstances and details of a case determine exactly what type of crime was supposedly committed.

 

What does that mean? Isn’t a murder just a murder?

 

Nope. You’ve probably heard lawyers on TV shows talking about different degrees of murder, but may not have ever really understood what they meant.

 

Laws in Colorado classify homicide

On June 13, Colorado’s Chief Parole Offer, Tim Hand, was fired after the murder of the state’s corrections chief Tom Clements. The chief suspect in the murder is parolee Spencer Ebel, a white supremacist gang member who was released from prison early due to a clerical error. Prison officials reported that at first, Ebel was a model parolee, reporting every day and remaining in the area. He even called in

A case receiving significant media attention this week is the case of former Patriots’ player Aaron Hernandez, who now faces murder charges in the state of Massachusetts.  He is being held without bail.

 

While bail is possible on a charge of murder, it is unusual.  Mr. Hernandez’ attorney advocated for a bail being set, arguing that Mr. Hernandez had a clean record, was a resident of the county in

A bill currently being considered by the Colorado House proposes a significant change in how the insanity defense would function in Colorado’s criminal courts.  Under current law, if a defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity and introduces any evidence of insanity, the prosecution ultimately has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was, in fact, sane.  The bill currently under consideration proposes that the

House Bill 12-1271, signed into law earlier this year, could play a significant role in the case of Austin Sigg, who has been charged with the murder of Jessica Ridgeway.  Sigg’s attorneys have already declared that they will be seeking to implement the reverse transfer procedure provided for by this bill.

 

What is a reverse transfer? Essentially, what a reverse transfer does is allow a juvenile who has been