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Police blame known gang member in California murder

Officers at the Glendale Police Department recognized a man in surveillance video captured near the scene of a murder. They were investigating the death of a 51-year-old man found behind an apartment on East Harvard Street near Chevy Chase Drive who had apparently been stabbed. The video did not show the actual attack, but officers spotted a documented gang member in the footage. The 31-year-old male suspect had been arrested numerous times in the past.

Police reported finding him about seven hours later in Los Angeles. They arrested him on suspicion of murder and his bail was set at $2 million. Detectives said that the man confessed to the killing during questioning and that he possessed evidence that linked him to the stabbing. Although an investigator said that the two men knew each other and that the attack was not random, he did not know the motive for the killing.

When law enforcement accuses a person of murder, manslaughter or other violent crimes, the suspect has a right to legal representation. An attorney could strive to protect the person's rights by offering advice before the person answers questions. If charges are filed, an attorney could examine the evidence to determine the possible strength of the prosecution's case. This assessment could help the person choose between pursuing a plea bargain or going to trial.

In some situations, an attorney might cast so much doubt on the evidence that a prosecutor reduces charges or dismisses the case. In the event that the case goes to trial, an attorney could challenge the claims of prosecutors and attempt to place reasonable doubt in the jurors' minds.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Gang Member Admits to Killing Man: Police", July 2, 2017

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