On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Criminal Defense on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Criminal charges of any kind are serious. However, when Kentucky residents are charged with murder, they could face significant consequences.

A 28-year-old man was recently charged with murder, kidnapping, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence. According to police, the 28-year-old man strangled a 31-year-old mother of three during her morning jog in Jamestown last week. An autopsy revealed that the woman was also pregnant.

Authorities say the woman went for a run around 5:30 a.m. with her sister. When she began feeling ill, she told her sister to continue on and that she would return to their car. Police received a call from the woman’s sister after she could not locate her.

The woman’s body was found around 11:15 a.m. A thick stem was wrapped around the woman’s neck. It appeared that she had been strangled.

The 28-year-old man accused of murdering the woman was located around 5 p.m. Police say he admitted to killing her in order to steal her money. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The man is being held without bond. Authorities say additional charges may follow since the woman was pregnant.

No matter how serious the charges may be, those accused of a crime are entitled to a strong criminal defense. Kentucky residents in a similar situation would be wise to seek legal representation. An attorney will investigate the evidence in a case and determine the best course of action moving forward. In addition to fighting the charges, an attorney will work to reduce any potential penalties.

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader, “Allman pleads not guilty in death of pregnant mother out for morning run,” Jim Warren, June 18, 2012