Sometimes murder cases and motives get a little bit bizarre. For instance, in this case, a 59-year old man got upset with 51-year old David Ackerson who was accepting food from the suspect’s mother. The suspect got angry at Ackerson for supposedly “mooching” off of his mother and decided that the best course of action would be to shoot the man. Generally speaking, probably not his best decision making to date. The suspect, whose name has not been released, is charged with homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment charges that could conceivably put him behind bars for the rest of his life, especially since he’s already an older man. The first degree murder charge could carry between 10-20 years upon conviction.
There are, however, a few defenses that might be available to mitigate this senseless tragedy. As we discussed last week with the case of a mentally disturbed man who thought he was “God” driving through a TV station in Maryland, he may be able to plead insanity, depending on his mental state and any past medical issues. This may be a long shot, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. He may also be able to stretch a little and call this a murder of passion since it may not have been premeditated and it relates directly to a family member. If in fact it was not premeditated, then a first degree murder charge most likely would not be the appropriate result, leaving instead second degree murder which would carry significantly less time in jail.
Criminal intent and motivation are seen as subjective, but are looked at objectively by a jury. While the defendant may be able to have his sentence shortened by a conviction for second degree murder or even manslaughter (which perhaps is unlikely), there’s almost no doubt that he’s going to spend a good length of time in prison for this pointless murder.
If you’ve been charged with murder, assault, or reckless endangerment, you’re going to need a qualified, aggressive Maryland criminal defense lawyer to fight your case. With proper analysis of the evidence and an attorney who knows how to address a jury, you could be surprised by an exceptional result. Bruce Robinson & Associates has a staff of qualified legal counsel who can help you deal with a trying time going through the court system. If you have any questions regarding assault or murder, call Robinson & Associates. We’re available both day and night so call or click today to have your questions answered or to find representation! (443)-524-7395.