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Murder charges require a customized defense strategy

First-degree murder is one of the most serious criminal charges a person can face. It comes with the possibility of having to spend life in prison or being put to death. One thing that defendants must do in these cases is present their defense against the charges.

A brief look at self-defense and justifiable homicide in Oklahoma

The very idea of being responsible for the death of someone shocks and disturbs most people. Unfortunately, there are times when the unthinkable happens and a person must face murder or homicide charges after an unintentional death occurs.

Woman arrested for murder of missing Oklahoma man

The suspected remains of a 56-year-old Oklahoma man missing since June 24 were found last week after police officers received a tip about his whereabouts. Upon arriving at the scene in Okmulgee County, officers confirmed that the victim was dead. While positive identification of the remains has yet to be made, the authorities have already made an arrest on murder charges.

Intent to kill or malice aforethought in murder/homicide charges

Like other states, Oklahoma recognizes different kinds of murder/homicide charges. These include first and second degree murder, first and second degree manslaughter and negligent homicide. All of these charges are extremely serious and could cost you your freedom if you're convicted.

How DNA transfer could result in a conviction on murder charges

There is little doubt that advancements in forensics has led to many convictions that may not have occurred without this science. Sometimes, this is a good thing because it takes dangerous individuals out of public populations. However, other times, forensics has led to the wrongful conviction of many people facing murder/homicide charges in Oklahoma.

Explaining the difference between first- and second-degree murder

Facing murder/homicide charges is undoubtedly one of the most frightening things an Oklahoma resident can experience. Defendants in these cases have a great many fears, and rightfully so. After all, a successful conviction on any murder charge will have a long-lasting -- if not permanent -- effect on their entire lives.

Stand your ground and duty to retreat in murder/homicide charges

With all of the escalating violence currently present in America, you may be relieved to know that Oklahoma is a "stand your ground" state. While this does not give you the power to use force arbitrarily, it does give you the right to defend yourself if you are in imminent danger. Of course, this law only applies if you are in a place where you have the "right to be" and are not involved in illegal activities.

Insanity defense fails in recent Oklahoma murder trial

Defendants facing serious allegations such as murder or homicide charges typically understand that a successful defense is never guaranteed. A not guilty by reason of insanity defense is one of the most challenging for attorneys and for defendants. The social and political environment of today adds to the difficulty of an insanity defense. In other words, the people of today are far more critical of such a defense and of the defendant.

Attorneys have rested their case in Oklahoma murder trial

Was it an abhorrent case of hate escalating into murder, or a case of lack of mental capacity resulting in death? These are two questions the jury in an Oklahoma murder trial may soon try to answer. The attorneys rested their case on Tuesday in the trial regarding the murder of a Lebanese man, but the jury will reportedly return today for further proceedings.

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