Tennessee residents who are accused of crimes that involve some sort of violence against other people understandably can have a lot of questions about the defense process and how it works. A conviction for this type of offense may have serious penalties with impacts in a person's life for even longer than the duration of the penalties. One important thing is for a defendant to remember that every person is due a fair defense when charged with a crime.
Such may be the case for a man from Hickory Hill today. Five years ago he was accused of domestic abuse against his wife who was pregnant at the time. Reports indicate that he spent one day in prison in 2012 for this incident. Fast forward to April of 2017 and now the same man is being accused of murdering not just his wife but also his sister-in-law, his wife's younger sister. Both women were shot allegedly by the defendant who faces first degree murder charges in the case. Few details are known about where the women died and what may have led to the shooting.
The wife was 26 years old and her sister was 19 years old. No information about any other violence or abuse charges between the 2012 offense and the deaths is known. However, the defendant's father-in-law is said to have indicated that the defendant was abusive to his wife.
In times like these, learning how to defend against serious criminal charges in Tennessee may be done by talking with a lawyer.
Source: Fox 13 Memphis, "Husband charged in wife's murder has history of domestic violence," Kristin Leigh, April 13, 2017