A 23-year-old man is being held in custody while police continue to gather evidence in a murder case in which the man is a suspect. The Louisiana resident is being held on drug charges as police investigate what they believe was a racially motivated murder of two black men. A Baton Rouge police sergeant said the suspect is linked to the murders by gun shell casings found at the scene. The suspect's vehicle also allegedly matches a description of one spotted at the murder scenes, which happened about five miles apart.
The first murder took the life of a 59-year-old homeless man. The second occurred two days later when a 49-year-old man was shot dead while walking to his job. Police have indicated they believe the same gun was used in both crimes. In both incidents, a male initially shot the victims from his vehicle. Reportedly, he then got out and approached the victims, only to shoot them several times again while they were on the ground.
Understandably, being charged with a criminal offense is a very serious matter. In this case, the murder suspect is being held on drug charges and has the right to speak with an attorney experienced in criminal cases. An attorney will advise his or her clients on what to expect during the litigation process and help prepare a formal defense to present in court.
Those in Louisiana who are arrested on drug charges would benefit from the solid advice of an attorney seasoned in these types of cases. A lawyer will be able to guide his or her clients in mounting the best possible defense. Not all cases can be won, although a criminal lawyer knowledgeable in the applicable laws and local court procedures will work to achieve the best outcome possible.
Source: Time, "Murder of 2 Black Men May Be 'Racially Motivated,' Police Say", Michael Kunzelman, Sept. 17, 2017