Second degree murder – Client faces life in prison

CHARGE NEGOTIATED TO MANSLAUGHTER AND 15 YEAR SENTENCE

Date: October, 2017
Court: Okaloosa County Circuit Court

Details:

Criminal defense case results for Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and surrounding areasOur client was charged with Second Degree Murder in a case which made national headlines and was featured on the TNT channel’s “Cold Justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wWzXdNjhp4 and also Dateline NBC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb1_7GSrA6I
The case involved a young woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances and was in a polygamous relationship with our client, a well-known pastor. Our client faced life in prison.

Outcome:

Law enforcement was never able to recover the body of the victim. After over a year of pre-trial proceedings and discovery an agreement was reached with the State to reduce the charge to manslaughter which carried a maximum sentence of fifteen years incarceration. In return our client identified where the body of the victim was located. With time served and gain time, our client will serve 9 years in prison.