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Cold case homicide arrest in New Jersey

According to New Jersey law enforcement officials, a man has been charged with a murder that happened in 2001. The murder occurred on Nov. 8, 2001, and the man was charged on Oct. 7, almost 15 years after the fact.

The 31-year-old woman was reportedly found strangled in her apartment building's basement. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office said that the 49-year-old man who has been charged was allegedly linked to the murder by forensic evidence. Prosecutors did not say what type of forensic evidence linked the man to the murder, however.

The man is reportedly currently serving prison for a different matter. The man was indicted for the murder and his bail was set at $750,000. Murder charges do not have statutes of limitations, meaning that charges can be brought no matter how much time has passed.

People who are facing homicide charges may want to retain criminal defense lawyers who are experienced with murder cases as soon as possible. A lawyer may be able to find problems with the state's case against the client. Legal counsel may also file motions to challenge the admissibility of some evidence, including forensic evidence. Lawyers might spot constitutional problems with how the defendant was questioned, identified and arrested and then file evidentiary motions challenging the constitutionality of the actions. If a judge rules that evidence was gathered in violation of the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights or that the science behind forensic evidence is not reliable, the evidence in question may be suppressed and deemed inadmissable at a future trial.

Source: West Orange Patch, "N.J. cops make cold case arrest 15 years after East Orange woman's murder," Eric Kiefer, Oct. 7, 2016.

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