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Possible Felonies in Future for Man Accused of Officer’s Death

January 22, 2016 | Written by Dan Margolis

The discovery of an Ohio police officer’s death prompted an investigation that local authorities say led them to the suspect. Although he has not been charged with the officer’s death just yet, he is currently accused of violating conditions of his recent prison release. Any charges filed over the officer’s death will be felonies.

The officer was apparently shot to death behind an area municipal building, although an autopsy has yet to confirm his precise cause of death. Police were tipped off to a possible suspect when the man’s ex-girlfriend phoned police out of apparent concern for the other’s safety. According to reports, she told police that her ex was in possession of a firearm and had indicated that he intended to inflict harm on a police officer. The suspect was apprehended shortly after the officer’s body was discovered.

Although no charges related to the death have been filed, police have still been able to keep him in custody for violating the conditions of his prison release. Exactly which conditions he is said to have violated have not been made fully clear. They expect to file charges in a municipal court as the investigation continues.

There has been some emphasis on the defendant’s former charges and time behind bars, but these should play no role in his more recent allegations or any charges that he might face in the near future. Prior convictions are never an indication of guilt, and each and every defendant in the state of Ohio has the rights and legal protections that allow him or her to defend him or herself under the full extent of the law. Whether an individual is facing misdemeanors or felonies, every defendant must be considered innocent for any charge unless a prosecutor is able to definitively prove otherwise beyond any reasonable doubt.

Source: whio.com, “Prosecutor: Murder charge expected in Ohio officer’s slaying”, Jan. 18, 2016

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