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Shooting suspect to stand for his defense

Thirty-year-old Champaign, Illinois resident Micah Hopkins was recently tried before the Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd for charges of first-degree murder, the News-Gazette reported on April 8.

This was the same day that Hopkins was slated to stand for his own defense. Hopkins was accused of shooting and killing Allen Redding, 26, who used to be his friend before a dispute arose about money.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Shiping Bao, said Redding could have remained alive with seven gunshot wounds but not the eighth, as the bullet pierced through his aorta and resulted in internal bleeding that quickly killed him.

A gun was found next to Redding, and witnesses have various accounts that include a second shooter.

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Chapel Hill triple-murder suspect charged with first-degree murder

A grand jury in Durham County, North Carolina indicted 46-year-old Craig Hicks on three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students, identified as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his 21-year-old wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, The Herald-Sun reported on February 16.

They were reportedly shot on February 10 at their home in the Finley Forest condominium complex on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill.

Police authorities were able to confiscate 12 pieces of firearms in Hicks’ apartment, which consist of four handguns, two shotguns, and six rifles, all of which came with ammunition, search warrants showed.

One bullet was found within the vicinity of the married couple’s condominium while eight shell casings were discovered in the couple’s living room.

According to authorities from the Chapel Hill Police Department, the victims each received a shot in the head with a handgun.

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Man who murdered own mother found not guilty due to insanity

Thirty-two-year-old Champaign, Illinois resident Terry Lee Brownlee was found not guilty by reason of insanity for murdering his mother, 61-year-old Sharon Brownlee last year on Friday, January 31 by Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd.

Brownlee said he also caused a fire that was discovered by the authorities at around 6:10 a.m. He was charged with murder, aggravated arson, residential arson, and concealment of homicidal death on April 12, 2013 and has been under the custody of the police since then.

Brownlee was declared unfit for trial, meaning he didn’t understand the charges against him and the crimes he was accused, and wouldn’t be able to properly defend himself, in June 2013. In November, the findings against him were reversed and he was declared fit for trial.

Prior to the hearing last Friday, Assistant State Attorney Dan Clifton and Assistant Public Defenders Janie Miller-Jones and Lindsey Yanchus asked Ladd to consider the assessment made by Champaign psychiatrist Lawrence Jeckel regarding his evaluation of Brown’s “criminal responsibility.”

Our lawyers at the Bruno Law Offices are prepared to help people in Champaign who have been charged with murder or other serious criminal offense. Call our offices at (217) 328-6000 to set up an initial appointment and discuss your defense options.


Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

Twenty-six-year-old South African double-amputee marathon runner Oscar Pistorius, who claims he shot 30-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 because he mistook her for an intruder in their house, was indicted on Monday, August 19 for murder and illegal possession of ammunition. He is set to undergo trial at the High Court in Pretoria, the South African capital. A judge will preside over the trial and declare Pistorius guilty or innocent, as South Africa doesn’t have trial by jury.

Prosecuting attorneys, who believed Pistorius attacked Steenkamp after an argument, submitted a list of 100 witnesses to the court.

According to a statement released by South Africa’s police commissioner, he and the team that worked on the investigation of Pistorius’ case, which included detectives, forensic, ballistics, and technology experts, and psychologists, believe they have all the data needed to convict Pistorius.

Our legal team at the Bruno Law Offices have a great deal of experience helping people in Champaign who have been charged with a criminal offense, from murder to driving under the influence. Call 217-328-6000 to find out how we can provide personalized legal support while defending you.

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