A Maryland man has been charged with the death of a 32-year-old jogger who was allegedly murdered on popular trail. According to the report, the man's vehicle was identified after police discovered a security video that showed that the man's car had been in the parking lot when the homicide allegedly took place.
After the man was taken into police custody, investigators searched his home. Items from the murdered woman were allegedly found at his home. The man allegedly confessed to police that he had attempted to rob the woman but hit her with a large rock when the robbery did not go as planned. He was charged with first-degree murder. The man is a registered sex offender.
The state of Maryland takes violent crimes very seriously. Those who are convicted of these types of crimes face severe punishments, including a jail sentence, heavy fines and a criminal record. This criminal record may keep the individual from obtaining certain types of employment and obtaining loans or financial aid. However, an experienced Maryland attorney may be able to help the client navigate the legal system by offering legal advice based on the accusations and charges against them.
An attorney may advise the client to fight the charges or to negotiate a plea deal. Regardless, it is recommended that the individual speak to an attorney before talking to investigators, as anything that is said can be used against the individual. The attorney may advise the client to fight the charges if the evidence does not back up the prosecutions claims or if investigators did not follow proper protocol. If a conviction appears likely, the attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution to reduce the charges and the punishments or find alternative sentences.
Source: ABC 7, "John Quade arrested for allegedly killing Moneta Strickland ", Brad Bell, August 13, 2013