A New Jersey man was recently arrested and law enforcement charged him for criminal vehicular homicide in an incident that occurred the previous day. Since being charged, the man has since pleaded not guilty. The prosecution’s case relies heavily on eyewitness testimony, so it will be necessary to present a strong criminal defense to ensure that all his legal rights are protected while he fights to defend himself against these serious allegations.
Witnesses say the man and his 25-year-old girlfriend had been arguing in public the day she passed away. Thereafter, the man left the area in his vehicle. However, the police report indicates that witnesses saw the vehicle return to the scene, proceeding to strike the woman while she was making her way across an intersection. The man is said to have run the woman over more than once.
Authorities claim the man abandoned his car and hid in New York City, where he was located the next day and placed under arrest. He is currently being held in jail with bail set at $3 million. In initial court proceedings, he pleaded not guilty to the accusations of vehicular homicide.
Like this particular case, criminal prosecutors often build their case entirely on the testimony of eyewitnesses. In recent years, the veracity of certain eyewitness claims has undergone considerable scrutiny. The reality of events can sometimes contradict the details of the evidence eyewitnesses provide. In the time between an incident and the time eyewitnesses are interviewed by police or put on the witness stand to testify, particular details of an event can become misconstrued as memories are subject to various forms of interference. In criminal trials that involve a significant amount of eyewitness testimony, legal defense teams may have to painstakingly analyze every detail of a case’s evidence to make sure everything checks out.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, “NJ man pleads not guilty to running over lover,” Feb. 27, 2012