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3 charged in murder of 12-year-old girl

A man and two women were taken into custody and charged in connection to a fatal shooting in California. All three individuals were facing murder charges associated with the shooting death of a 12-year-old girl.

On Aug. 9, the 12-year-old girl was inside her Victorville home when she was shot through the front window at about 8:30 p.m. She was taken to a local hospital where she died shortly after due to her injuries. Authorities said that witnesses had reported that the man had approached the home, shot into the home several times and then fled from the scene in a vehicle. It appeared that the girl was not the target.

Authorities said that an ongoing disturbance had been occurring at the home. In fact, a police report had been filed earlier the same evening. The girl's mother was taken into custody the following day after she allegedly made threats against the three individuals that supposedly amounted to terrorist threats.

Murder is considered to be one of the most serious of violent crimes. As such, the punishments are extremely severe and if a conviction is obtained could include life in prison and, in certain circumstances, life in prison without the possibility of parole. A criminal defense attorney may utilize a variety of experts to provide doubt in a case. For example, in a shooting case, an attorney could use testimony from ballistics and firearm experts to demonstrate evidence collected at the scene of the crime does not match the prosecution's accusations.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Gang Member Arrested In Killing Of Victorville Girl; Victim's Mother Accused Of Threatening Suspect", Aug. 11, 2017

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