26 years after death, Utah man charged with murder

There are some cases that police have a difficult time solving. In their desperation to avoid a cold case, they can place the blame on any number of sources. Even years after the fact, police still may be trying to bring charges against anyone for a particular crime.

However, the longer a criminal investigation drags on, the more chances there are for mistakes. Those accused of a crime under these circumstances, need to take care that they are not wrongfully convicted of a crime based on mistakes or inaccuracies made by police over the years.

Recently, a Salt Lake City, Utah man has been arrested and charged with the 1988 murder of a young girl. According to police, the man was responsible for the death of a 15-month-old that had been left in his care 26 years ago.

According to police, the child’s mother had left the young girl in the man’s care while she ran errands. When the mother returned, the mother claims that the girl was unresponsive and blue. Autopsy reports claim that the girl died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police allege that the man could not explain what happened to the child while she was in his care.

However, until now, the police had not brought criminal charges against the man or anyone else. Since then, the man has been charged with second degree murder. This is a serious felony charge. If he is found guilty, the man could be sentenced to life in prison.

Anyone who is facing murder charges or other charges for serious felonies need to closely examine police behavior. People need to protect their rights and present an aggressive criminal defense to avoid harsh and life-changing penalties.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, “Utah man booked into jail for 1988 toddler’s slaying,” Bob Mims, May 30, 2014

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