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Man charged with killing woman at party

On April 23, a New Jersey man was arrested and charged with fatally shooting a woman at his home. The incident took place in Riverside.

According to a press release from Burlington County authorities, police received a report of a person with a gun on the 200 block of Hooker Street shortly before 11 p.m. Officers from several area police departments responded to the scene and found a 35-year-old woman on the floor of a residence with a gunshot wound to her chest. She was transported to Lourdes Medical Center in Burlington County, where she later died.

Investigators discovered that several people had come to the residence for a party. A 42-year-old man living at the residence was taken into custody and charged with killing the victim. He was placed in Burlington County Jail and being held on $500,000 bail. He was scheduled to appear in Superior Court the following week.

Individuals convicted of murder or other violent crimes could be sentenced to lengthy prison terms and heavy fines. However, an arrest does not equal guilt, which the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Accordingly, the assistance of a criminal defense attorney can be advisable at the outset. After reviewing the evidence, an attorney may find that a murder suspect was acting in self-defense. In other instances, it may become clear that a defendant is completely innocent of the charges. Even in circumstances where it appears the defendant did commit the alleged offense, an attorney could arrange a an agreement with the prosecutor that reduces the penalties in return for a plea of guilty.

Source: FOX 29, "Riverside man charged with murder after fatal shooting of 35-year-old woman," April 24, 2016

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