I have a relative who was arrested on murder charges. He admitted and told me personally the guy came into his home, threatened him, they fought, he choked him until he presumably passed out/away, and drug the person outside of his home. He is being accused of a shooting murder. My relative has a criminal
past, but never was he ever charged with, performed any crime with, or been known to carry a firearm. He ultimately accepted a Kennedy plea bargain because he was under duress (they threatened him with arresting his sister and ex-wife). They have absolutely no evidence other than witnesses who claim to have known what happened, but there was no gun
splatter residue on him, in the apartment, and the no blood splatter in the apartment consistent with a gun shot. There is no weapon. The witnesses were bribed. The address on the warrant was incorrect and they still searched his apartment and found nothing other than what was consistent with his story of a fight. The only reason he took the plea deal (previously rejected) was he had no faith in the public defender and tried to fire the person and was told he could not. The judge and prosecutor were married and two out of the 48 jurors chosen to sit for his case were the only minorities from a country town in West Virginia. I have more detail of course, but I would like to know is this a case the NAACP would get involved?
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when was the warrant issued?
Customer: The state is West Virginia and I do not have the exact date. The crime took place in September of last year.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: I am the uncle. He finally reached out to me from prison within the last two days. I knew some of the issues before he accepted the deal from his brother and sister. I actually talked to him after the crime. He panicked and fled to New Jersey (home state) because he thought he choked the man out and killed him by strangulation. A few days later, his sister reached out and told me what was going on and sent me a link to a newspaper clipping from the local area stating he had shot the man. I talked to him before the bounty hunters came and he told me exactly what happened and never mentioned a weapon.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Besides wanting to ask is this case one the NAACP would take, I would like to know why would the state push for first degree murder
with only circumstantial evidence and why would they deny him from pulling his Kennedy plea?