First Degree Murder and Attempted Murder Charges Reduced, Armed Criminal Action Dismissed.

Client was charged with first degree murder, assault in the 1st degree, and armed criminal action after allegedly shooting into another vehicle 20+ times, killing the driver and injuring a passenger. Client initially faced life in prison without parole or the death penalty, which the state elected not to seek. According to the police, client’s vehicle and cell phone were traced to and from the scene of the murder and shell casings matched another shooting attributed to our client. After attorney Cooke thoroughly discredited the State’s cell phone expert and lead detective during depositions, the prosecutor offered to reduce the murder to charge to voluntary manslaughter and agreed to a disposition of 22 years. As a result, our client will be eligible for parole in 11 years instead of dying in prison.