As with any criminal offense, people who are accused of felonies in Nebraska deserve the right to a fair defense and to be considered innocent of any crime until they are conclusively proven to be guilty. For some defendants, an important part of the criminal justice journey for them may well be ensuring that that are fairly accused of any charge let alone actually proving their innocence.
Such is the case for one man who has been charged with murder. The charge actually dates back to 2010 when a man is said to have killed a then 19-year-old college freshman who apparently disappeared. Reports indicate that the defendant said that he and the woman had a sexual encounter that was mutually agreed to after which time the man declined to drive her to a specific location.
While the woman's body or even any remains have never been found, she has been presumed dead and the man has been charged with murder. The defense has asked the charge of murder be dropped in part because there is no proof that the woman was actually killed by the defendant or anyone else for that matter.
Details like this can make a huge difference in the future of a defendant's life making it a wise choice for people facing such charges to talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn how they may protect themselves.
Source: Omaha World-Herald,"Joshua Keadle wants murder charge dropped in death of Peru State student," Joe Duggan, April 17, 2018