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Man accused of 2014 Nashville murder

Some people say that the wheels of justice turn slowly. This may be true in some instances, but in other cases, time does nothing more than give rise to situations where innocent individuals wind up accused of terrible crimes. In the intervening time between the alleged offense and arrest, physical evidence can go missing, witnesses may disappear or lose their credibility and victims' memories may have clouded. This is all ammunition that an accused individual may be able to use to his advantage.

One Nashville man may need to assess this tactic after being arrested and charged with a 2014 murder. According to police, the 20-year-old man, who was 16 at the time of the victim's death, had not been subject to an arrest warrant until February of 2017. The police just recently arrested him, as they claim he had escaped from a juvenile group home in January.

The murder for which he was arrested was the result of an apparent robbery. The victim had been speaking to one of his friend via phone when there was a scuffle. The call abruptly ended, and the victim was later found wounded behind his residence. His gunshot wound proved fatal. Another 20-year-old man was arrested in 2016, but his case is still pending. It is unclear at this time if the police have linked the two men who have been arrested.

Being faced with allegations of having committed a violent crime can be enough to leave anybody fearful for their future and even their lives. This is why these individuals need to do everything they can to ensure they protect themselves as fully as possible. In a case like this, crafting a strong criminal defense may mean aggressively challenging chain of custody issues, witness credibility and bias, as well as expert testimony. Failing to competently present such a defense may leave a defendant susceptible to the harshest of penalties.

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