In the wake of serious criminal charges, accused individuals may feel the weight of the world on their shoulders -- although they do have legal options to pursue, including potential plea deals with officials. The North Carolina man who is accused of the murder of a State Trooper has recently pleaded guilty to other charges, including burglary, kidnapping and common law robbery. The murder charge is separate from the other criminal activity. The man will have to face a separate court proceeding for the unnecessary death of the police officer, but he has agreed to plead guilty in both cases.
The burglary, kidnapping and robbery charges stem from an incident that occurred in Raleigh. The defendant was charged with bursting into the home of his estranged girlfriend against her will. He then used duct tape to restrain the woman and her child and stole an ATM card. He used the card to obtain money for the purposes of supplying drugs for his apparent addiction.
Eventually, the woman managed to make an emergency call and the police spotted the North Carolina man in the Raleigh area. He led police on a high-stakes -- and high-speed -- pursuit, which is what allegedly resulted in the death of the police officer. As the state trooper was working to slow down the fleeing driver, he was struck by the car. The accused driver is facing murder charges for his death.
It is believed that the defendant will plead guilty to murder next week in a separate court proceeding. In some cases, an accused individual may decide to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors. This can sometimes help defendants reach the best outcome possible in light of the specific facts of their cases. While this officer's death is tragic, it is still important to remember that every accused person has certain rights to guarantee he or she will receive a fair legal proceeding.
Source: wral.com, State trooper's accused killer pleads guilty to related charges, No author, Jan. 22, 2014