When a person kills another accidentally and without premeditation, it is generally considered by legal definition as manslaughter. In order for someone to be charged with manslaughter rather than murder, certain conditions need to be met. Most who are charged with a felony in Georgia seek the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Recently, a story was released about a 20-year-old man who was charged with several crimes after the shooting of his friend. The Statesboro Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence just after 2 a.m. on Thursday August 1, responding to reports that a person had been shot. Upon arrival, authorities found a man dead from a bullet wound.
After authorities processed the scene and conducted witness interviews, they arrested a 20-year-old man and took him into custody. The investigation determined that the suspect and victim were both students at Georgia Southern University and were acquainted with each other. Police believe that alcohol contributed to the incident. The alleged shooter was charged with reckless conduct, discharging a firearm while under the influence and felony involuntary manslaughter.
At this time, it is unclear if Georgia police have any additional evidence connecting the suspect to the crime. Unfortunately, anyone can make a claim, but without additional proof, there may not be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal or civil court. In order to ensure that the man now facing criminal charges has the most effective criminal defense, he may choose to hire an experienced attorney to help guide him through the judicial process.
Source: 11alive.com, “Georgia Southern student dead, another arrested in off campus shooting”, Christopher Buchanan, Sept. 1, 2016