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North Carolina Duke murder defendant gets strong legal counsel

A strong criminal defense encompasses many elements, including an attempt to omit evidence that is either not relevant or unduly harmful to the person accused of a crime. Recently, the attorneys for a young man alleged to have shot and killed a Duke University graduate student in 2008 made a motion to bar evidence of previous crimes involving the defendant.

Approximately two months after the man's death, a student from the University of North Carolina was killed by gunshot after she was taken from her apartment and forced to withdraw cash from local ATM's. The defendant in the Duke University case is currently serving a life sentence for this second crime, but his attorneys want to bar evidence of UNC-related crime from his current trial.

Prosecutors in the case say they want the evidence revealed because it helps them show a pattern of violent behavior by the defendant. The presiding judge ruled that he would hear the prosecutors' evidence outside of the jury's presence and then make a determination about what and how much the jurors will hear.

According to www.wral.com, the defendant's attorneys are also seeking to bar certain witness' testimony due to inconsistencies in their stories. The attorneys allege the witnesses have changed their stories numerous times due to law enforcement pressure, but the judge reportedly said he would allow the testimony as it's up to the jurors to determine witness credibility.

A criminal defense attorney fights for his or her clients every step of the way, using ethical tactics developed to protect the person accused of a crime. Upholding the credo that every American has the right to a fair trial and as strong a defense as possible is one of the most powerful motivators for any good defense attorney.

Source: WRAL.com, "Defense wants evidence from Eve Carson case kept out of Duke murder trial" Julia Sims, May. 27, 2014

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