Blog on jury trials

It’s been a long time since we have made any updates on or Facebook page. We have been very busy and have had some great results in jury trials.

On January 30, 2013 the defendant was charged with statutory sodomy in the first degree. The charge is an unclassified felony so the range of punishment is a term in the Missouri Department of Corrections for a term of not less than ten years or life imprisonment. The defendant was represented by a public defender and on December 7, 2015 the case went to jury trial. A St. Francois County jury found the defendant guilty as charged and on April 6, 2016 the defendant was sentenced to life in prison. The defendant appealed his conviction and the case was remanded back to Circuit Court for retrying. On May 15, 2019 Carl was appointed to represent the defendant on the case. The case was set for jury trial on April 13, 2021 and after three days of evidence the jury came back after deliberating for exactly two hours with an acquittal. The defendant had spent nine years incarcerated and was now a free man.

On August 27, 2019 the defendant was charged with burglary in the first degree, armed criminal action, resisting arrest, and stealing a firearm. The total range of punishment was up to life in prison. On June 22, 2021 a two day jury trial was held. The jury came with a verdict of guilty on a lesser charge of trespass in the first degree and resisting arrest. The jury also found him not guilty of armed criminal action and stealing a firearm. The defendant received a total sentence of seven years plus six months, a much shorter term of years than he was charged.

The defendant was charged on October 31, 2019 with murder in the first degree, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, tampering with a victim, tampering with physical evidence and operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent driving involving an accident. The range of punishment for murder in the first degree is life in prison without the possibility of parole. On October 12, 2021 a four day jury trial was conducted and on October 15, 2021 the jury came back with a verdict of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the second degree. They also found him guilty of armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, tampering with physical evidence, careless and imprudent driving, fail to display motor vehicle license plates, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

On July 26, 2019 the defendant was charged with involuntary manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, assault in the second degree, and driving while revoked. The defendant and his wife were involved in a head on collision involving another vehicle. The defendant had at least four prior DWIs. The defendant’s wife was thrown from the vehicle and died. The driver of the other vehicle was injured as was the defendant. On May 11, 2022 the case went to a jury trial. On May 12, 2022 after deliberating for less than an hour and a half the jury came back with not guilty verdicts on all counts. The defendant was released later that evening after spending over three years in the county jail.

On December 6, 2018 the defendant was charged with the class D felony of abuse or neglect of a child. The defendant was accused of spanking his fiancé’s child leaving a bruise on his leg. The child testified in a hearing and at the trial that the defendant did not cause the bruise. The case went to jury trial on June 22 and 23, 2022 and after deliberating 1 hour and twenty minutes the jury came back with a not guilty verdict.

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