In Milwaukee, violent offenses often result in serious criminal charges and stiff penalties. An individual accused of a violent crime, such as homicide, risks reputational damage along with jail or prison time. Sometimes, individuals are accused of serious criminal offenses that they did not commit. In these cases, individuals should be thoroughly prepared for trial and understand the defenses that may apply.
Recently, a violent crime was committed in Milwaukee. Police say a man was killed after what appears to be a robbery. Reports indicate that a masked man killed the owner of a food store after a struggle. Milwaukee police believe the man was working at the store when a gunman entered and demanded money. According to police, the motive for the murder seems to be robbery. Police are still investigating the circumstances.
Each state has a criminal code, which defines robbery and other offenses. Generally, robbery consists of an individual's intentional taking of another's personal property from the other person or in the person's presence. Robbery also generally involves violence, intimidation or threat. The severity of a robbery depends on whether the individual robbing another person used a dangerous weapon, attempted to inflict serious injury or killed the other person.
In many states, if a defendant kills another person, even if it is accidental, while committing another violent crime like robbery, kidnapping or rape, the defendant may be charged under the felony murder rule. In a felony murder case, the defendant may face a first-degree murder charge for the death of another person.
A person accused of a violent crime could face serious consequences that may affect his or her life and the lives of their loved ones. However, it is important to remember that every person is entitled to a fair trial.
Source: Fox 11, "Police: Milwaukee store owner killed by robber," Dec. 30, 2012