During the early hours of a recent evening, Baltimore County police responded to allegations of assault and robbery. Not long after receiving the tip, officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested a 24-year-old man they believe was guilty of robbing someone who owed him money.
Police reports claim that a 42-year-old man was stopped on a street in Owings Mills by the accused man. At this point, the young man allegedly committed an act of assault and took the 42-year-old man’s keys. Furthermore, there is reason to believe the dispute arose when the younger man confronted the other about an outstanding monetary debt.
After making the arrest, Maryland authorities charged the 24-year-old man with robbery, a violent crime considered to be a felony. Reports didn’t indicate if a date has been set for the criminal trial.
As this case proceeds, it will be important for all of the evidence to be carefully examined. Oftentimes, the accounts provided by the individuals involved in the incident are different. This is why it’s important for the accused individual’s defense team to be thorough and attempt to resolve any inconsistencies in the evidence provided by prosecutors.
In any criminal case, the prosecution is tasked with proving an accused person’s guilt. At the same time, cases involving felonies raise the importance of making sure that the jury doesn’t convict when this burden of proof is not met. Knowing this, anytime that the defense fails to demonstrate guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, defendants should not be found guilty. Ensuring fairness during this process is a cornerstone of our criminal justice system.
Source: Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch, “Baltimore Man Arrested in Owings Mills Assault,” Marc Shapiro, Feb. 4, 2013
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