At times, police investigations can be long, arduous processes. While it can take time for the police to gather evidence and put together a case, they must not trample the rights of possibly innocent people in the process. In a criminal defense matter, if a defendant is under investigation for long periods of time, the specter of guilt may affect their ability to have a fair trial in Connecticut and elsewhere.
Just this January, a man accused in the killings of three people entered a not guilty plea in the case. Unfortunately the case has been under investigation since 2010. The case involves the beating deaths of the accused man's mother and two people who were staying with her on Thanksgiving of that year.
Apparently, police officers have been investigating the tragic incident continuously since 2010. The defendant was also accused of other crimes related to the murders, including home invasion and first degree burglary. A conviction on all of the charges against the defendant carries the potential penalty of life in prison.
If the Connecticut defendant has been continuously investigated throughout this time, it has likely affected his reputation in the community. He and other defendants like him will have to make an extra effort to get an impartial hearing on the facts of the case by judge and jury. The very serious nature of such allegations as well as the possible penalty make it imperative that defendants dealing with this type of a criminal defense be well-prepared to protect their rights before the court.
Source: NorwichBulletin.com, "Connecticut man pleads not guilty in triple slaying," Jan. 10, 2013