Criminal Defense Archives

Man facing gun charges after shooting ruled as self-defense

Self-defense is frequently asserted when one individual shoots another. A recent homicide in Indianapolis demonstrates that even when this argument succeeds, the person who pulled the trigger may face other criminal charges. The first homicide of 2018 in Lawrence, Indiana, has been ruled self-defense, but the shooter is now facing another criminal charge based upon his criminal history.

Undocumented immigrant charged with two traffic deaths

The status of undocumented immigrants is one of the most divisive political issues in the United States. The issues were brought into sharp focus when a Guatemalan man was arrested by Indianapolis police and charged with killing a player for the Indianapolis Colts and an Uber driver. The case has been complicated by a tweet from President Trump that assumes the defendant is guilty of the criminal charges against him before he has been tried.

Uber driver wounded in road rage incident

Road rage is a pernicious plague on the streets of Indianapolis. Incidents range from angry gestures or horn honking to physical assault to the occasional incident involving a firearm. Late in the evening of February 1, police believe that a road rage incident evolved into a violent crime that resulted in the wounding of an Uber driver.

Two teens charged in death of elderly woman

Many elderly people in Indianapolis depend upon specially trained nurses to help them when they become unable to care for themselves. Unfortunately, some of the people who provide such services elect to betray the trust of their patients. According to Indianapolis police, a pair of young adults are facing criminal charges in connection with the murder and robbery of an elderly patient's wife.

Indianapolis records first homicide in 2018

Indianapolis saw 154 homicides in 2017, the most murders in one year since the city began keeping such records. The first murder in 2017 occurred on January 3, and, now, the first suspected violent crime - also a murder - in 2018 also occurred on January 3. In 2016, the first murder occurred on January 4.

Car repair may have become car theft

When people in Indianapolis choose mechanics to repair their cars, the one quality they place above all others is trust. "I use him as a mechanic because I know I can trust him" is a familiar refrain. Unfortunately for a woman on the east side of town, her trust of a mechanic turned into regret - and possible criminal charges against the trusted mechanic.

Doctor's alleged murder spawns widespread criminal investigation

A daylight burglary that turned into a possible murder has sparked a widespread criminal investigation by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A 18-year-old male and a male juvenile have been arrested in the case, but police say they are looking for more suspects. The case may involve a number of violent crimes, including robbery and burglary.

Traffic stop leads to arrest of suspects in Gambino family murder

Routine traffic stops are usually just that - routine. The driver gives his or her driver's license to the officer, the officer checks the computer, and the driver is given a ticket specifying the offense that the officer observed. Occasionally, however, what should be a routine stop quickly morphs into an incident with far broader criminal charges. This phenomenon occurred during a traffic stop in Henry County, just east of Indianapolis, in early September.

Supermarket fight ends in alleged murder in Indianapolis

Supermarkets are not generally thought to be a common site for violent crime, but a brief fight in the dairy department of a Kroger's supermarket in south Indianapolis has resulted in what Indianapolis Metropolitan Police have characterized as a suspected homicide. Criminal charges in the incident have already been filed.

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