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Argument between neighbors ends in attempted murder charge

On Aug. 28, a man in Maryland received several criminal charges following an apparent argument with his neighbor. At about 5 p.m., police officers reported to a home in Glen Burnie to find a 51-year-old man in his front yard with minor upper body stab wounds. The man was transported to a Shock Trauma center for treatment, and the alleged assailant was taken into police custody.

According to investigators, the apparent assault victim and the 40-year-old man accused of stabbing him were neighbors. The accused man had allegedly stabbed the other man with a knife while the two men were involved in a verbal argument. Police located the accused man at his home shortly after the incident, and he was detained without resistance.

Anne Arundel County police charged the man for first- and second-degree assault, attempted second-degree murder and reckless endangerment. He was also charge with one count of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. There have been no reports about what the neighborly dispute was about or whether there were any witnesses to the incident.

After an alleged assault, an attorney may be able to help an individual have an attempted murder charge dismissed. Depending on the evidence available, a criminal defense attorney might attempt to use a number of strategies that cast doubt on the prosecution’s case. For example, if there is evidence to suggest that the altercation had been physical rather than verbal, the attorney might argue that the defendant’s actions were taken in self-defense. This strategy might result in an acquittal or in reduced charges if a conviction still occurs.

Source: WBAL, “Police: Neighborly dispute turns into stabbing”, Saliqa Khan, August 29, 2014

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