A New Jersey teenager is up against very steep charges after being arrested and charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting. A 39-year-old man was fatally shot, and a 26-year-old man was injured late last month. The accused teen’s bail has been set at $1 million, and he is likely focused on his criminal defense at this time.

Police deputies say they heard gunshots while patrolling near the scene of the crime, and purportedly saw the teenager running away from the shooting. Police chased after the young man on foot, ultimately capturing him. He was arrested and charged with murder. The teenager was also charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses from an unrelated event that supposedly occurred this past March.

Several details left out of the initial report raise questions. There was no indication that the teenager was carrying a gun or anything that could incriminate him as the shooter when he was apprehended. There are, of course, many reasons to run from a shooting and doing so does not — in and of itself — prove that he is guilty of anything.

The news report describing the events offers little insight into the other crimes charged against the man. There was no information divulged as to what was allegedly involved or why police suspected the individual in the first place. These may be important issues to grapple with as the man’s defense prepares their presentation to the court that will ultimately hear his matter.

Whatever the case may be, it is evident that this New Jersey teenager will have many questions to answer when he faces court. If convicted on the murder, the young man will likely face life-altering consequences, including a substantial period of incarceration and other penalties associated with felony crime. As he prepares for trial, he will need to assemble a solid criminal defense in order to protect his legal rights and achieve a fair result.

Source: The Republic, “Man faces murder, related charges in northern NJ shooting that left 1 man dead, 1 wounded,” March 27, 2012