A man was recently charged with the strangulation death of his Indiana University of Pennsylvania fraternity brother following an alleged physical altercation. The results of the autopsy seem to indicate a different story that could affect the outcome of the man’s potential conviction. For this reason, his criminal defense attorney is working to have the charges dismissed after the results of the autopsy were revealed.
Police have accused the man of strangling and killing his fraternity brother during an alleged altercation between the two. A witness claims the two men argued on their way home from a party, and the argument soon turned physical. The witness further stated that he had to pull the man off the victim, but the victim was still alive, though unconscious, at that time.
Though the man is accused of strangling the victim, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy indicated there were no anatomical findings of asphyxiation present. Currently, the man is facing felony charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault. His attorney is disputing the homicide charge based on the lack of supporting evidence in the autopsy findings.
Being charged with the death of a friend would be a harrowing experience for anyone. Pennsylvania residents facing similar homicide charges may still have several defense options, however. An experienced criminal defense attorney could make sure that the rights of those accused of crimes are protected. An attorney could also assess clients’ individual situations and determine the best course of action to help mitigate sentences or possibly avoid convictions entirely.
Source: indianagazette.com, “Man faces trial in death of fellow IUP student”, Sean Yoder, April 27, 2017