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Man charged with murder based on Chicago witness

The human brain is a complex organ. While it is capable of many astounding feats, it is also susceptible to memory loss and other deficiencies. For example, the human mind might have problems recalling a face that it saw months prior. However, police officers in Chicago are relying on a witness’s memory of the events that led to one man being charged with murder as well as an earlier attack that has now led to additional charges.

Charges were first brought against a man now accused of murder that happened in April 2013. The witness claims he saw a man fatally shoot another man. This man has since been charged with murder as well as several other crimes in connection to the alleged incident. However, the witness now claims he also witnessed the same suspect and another man commit a crime two days before the deadly shooting.

This incident occurred in a park just prior to the murder, but charges weren’t filed until over a year later. The victim claims that he was walking with others when a group of people approached. He states he was struck in the head with a gun and then he ran. As he ran, he claims he was grazed by a bullet. The same witness in the earlier case says he saw the incident and both a 21-year-old man, now charged with battery, as well as the suspect in the fatal shooting were involved, although he has not been charged with the crime at this time.

Anyone who has gone to the grocery store and forgot their shopping list at home knows of the limits of the human memory. While it is unclear what other evidence might have led to the man being charged with murder, basing such crimes solely on the memory of a supposed witness could lead to a wrongful conviction. In order to prevent such an event, Chicago prosecutors will have to provide sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The men will likely want legal advice to ensure that all of their rights are safeguarded throughout the criminal process.

Source: nwi.com, "Man charged in 2013 East Chicago park shooting", Elvia Malagon, June 27, 2014

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