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Man pleads not guilty to murder

A man in California is expected to stand trial for a murder charge sometime after the jury selection process begins on Sept. 23. According to reports, the 22-year-old man has previously pleaded not guilty to killing a 21-year-old man in Dos Palos on Jan. 5, 2012.

The Dos Palos Police Department says that the alleged murder took place outside of a home on Walnut Avenue. According to police, the 21-year-old man became involved in an argument with the accused man and ended up being stabbed. The argument had apparently started when the alleged stab victim intervened in an argument between the accused man and a woman. Detectives believe that the two men were associated with two rival street gangs.

Following the incident, the man who was stabbed was taken to Memorial Hospital where he died shortly afterwards. The accused man allegedly fled the scene before surrendering to authorities after 10 days. If the man is convicted of murder, he could be sentenced to life in prison. His trial has reportedly been delayed several times due to changes in his legal representation.

When facing a charge as serious as murder, a defendant will need ample time to gather all of the evidence necessary to prepare a solid defense. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help ensure that a defendant is provided with sufficient preparation time before their trial. During this time, a lawyer may also be able to assist the accused person while they assemble a group of witnesses who can testify on their behalf and establish undisputable proof for their alibi.

Source: Merced Sun Star, "Trial set in 2012 Dos Palos gang homicide", Rob Parsons , September 05, 2014

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