The trial for Colavito Bell began yesterday in Duval County Court. According to opening statements by the Assistant State Attorney which claimed Bell shot Christopher Oney, the victim, because he was jealous that he was getting more work than himself. The Defense Attorney, in contrast, stated Lyn Ragan, fiancé of the victim, was responsible for the distribution of the workload and that she would have lost her job if the relationship or favoritism were discovered. The trial continues today.
So what could Bell, the Jacksonville Criminal Defendant, be facing? Potentially, he could be convicted of first-degree murder. Unless the State fails to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt or the Defense Attorney establishes mitigating circumstances. In addition, if the facts prove insufficient a conviction cannot be upheld. Murder, is defined in Florida as the unlawful killing of another human being, when either the perpetrated from a premeditated design to effect the death of the person killed or any human being or during the commission of the enumerated felonies listed within the statute. (F.S.A. § 782.04).
Murder is a serious criminal offense, therefore, the advise and counsel of a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer will prove to be advantageous to a Jacksonville Criminal Defendant. The legal process is complicated, complex, and not always favorable to unrepresented Jacksonville Criminal Defendants. If you have Jacksonville Criminal charges pending against you or a loved one, contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer who will discuss your case, determine possible defenses and justifications, and work with you for the best possible outcome in your Criminal law matter.