Criminal defense: Lake Charles man charged with homicide

A Lake Charles man was recently arrested for his alleged role in a recent homicide. Police charged the man with second-degree murder. He is currently still in police custody and has not yet posted his $300,000 bond. Facing serious charges while being unable to post bond can feel especially distressing, but it can help to use that time thinking about possible criminal defense options.

Police believe that the 42-year-old man was involved in the death of a 34-year-old man. The victim was discovered on the far side of a road with a dead end with what they believed to be wounds from gunshots. It is not clear whether police or someone else first spotted the man.

During the investigation into the man's death, police say they discovered that the victim believed another person had taken his car without permission. He then lured the individual believed to have taken the car to the dead end street, where he tried to take his vehicle back. Police believe that the 42-year-old man was the person behind the wheel of the victim's car. When confronted, he allegedly shot the owner of the car.

It does not appear as if the defendant is facing any charges related to his use of the other man's car, but it is always possible for authorities in Lake Charles to file additional charges. However, an individual already facing charges should not wait to see if he or she will face additional charges to start planning a criminal defense. Any new information, evidence or charges can be incorporated with an existing defense plan, although defendants may need to make some changes along the way. An experienced attorney can usually provide guidance on when those changes are necessary.

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