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Violent crimes: Overdose death leads to murder charge

When a person is suspected of a crime, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction. The burden of proof in criminal cases is purposefully set high to help prevent wrongful convictions. Because of violent crimes accusations involving an overdose death in Louisiana, the woman accused is likely wondering about the evidence supporting the charges against her.

The second-degree murder charge was recently filed against a 35-year-old woman in connection to the death of a 38-year-old man in July. According to reports, the deceased man was a patient at a long-term care facility while he received treatment for a MRSA staph infection. He was reportedly discovered deceased in his room with a syringe in his IV port.

An investigation reportedly led to the discovery of tablets determined to be Oxycodone as well as three additional syringes with white powder; the hospital maintains that it does not have the type of tablets found at the scene on its premises. Messages between the man and the woman now charged with murder allegedly include the former making a request for a "trip" like "last time" and making an arrangement for a Western Union payment. Reports indicate that an autopsy revealed that the man died as a result of Oxycodone intoxication.

Beyond the messages, it is unclear if there is any other evidence to support the claims against the woman. Because of the potentially severe consequences of charges related to violent crimes, the Louisiana woman may want someone on her side with experience with such cases. Such a professional can review the evidence against her and help her decide on the most appropriate plan for her individual situation.

Source: thenewsstar.com, "Patient's Oxy OD leads to murder arrest", Ashley Mott, Sept 8, 2017

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