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Man likely preparing criminal defense after murder charge

When a person is accused of a crime, it is up to the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person is guilty of the crime. Of course, there are sometimes different ways in which individuals could handle their criminal cases, such as by pleading guilty in order to take a deal, if available. However, if a person pleads not guilty, he or she may want to work on a criminal defense presentation.

It was recently reported that a man in Missouri pleaded not guilty to charges for first-degree murder and armed criminal action. According to reports, authorities had gone to a woman's home to conduct a well-being check, and during that check, they found that she was deceased. It was unclear what prompted police officers to conduct the check.

Shopping injuries can usually be prevented with proper planning

Going shopping should be a relatively safe outing for most people. It is up to the store owners and personnel to ensure that customers remain safe while they are at the establishment. There are many issues that can come up during a trip, but some people never take the time to think about them.

If you are heading out to buy groceries or anything else, try to keep these points in mind as you venture around. You might end up saving yourself from being injured while shopping.

Serious communication issues could contribute to divorce

Married couples typically want to have a loving, trusting and strong relationship. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many people around Missouri and across the country. Some marital relationships can face significant issues that can lead to breakdowns in relationships and, potentially, to divorce.

Trust and communication are two important aspects of a relationship. If individuals feel that they cannot communicate without always fighting or always feeling like they have to be on the defensive, there can be a disconnect in the way in which the couple interacts with each other and how they handle conflict. In some cases, these defensive feelings can sometimes lead to additional problems that may end up becoming insurmountable for a particular relationship.

Fatal injuries result from head-on crash in Missouri

When a vehicle fails to remain in the correct lane, there is often little other drivers can do to avoid a collision. They may try to do their best to get out of the way, but in many cases, a driver may suddenly veer into the wrong lane without giving other travelers time to protect themselves. Unfortunately, these incidents can often result in serious or fatal injuries.

It was recently reported that a crash in Missouri claimed the life of one man. A 25-year-old man was traveling in the southbound lane of the road when he failed to maintain the correct lane. As a result, his vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and crashed head-on with another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was reported as being an 80-year-old man.

Multiple criminal charges result from officer-involved shooting

No one wants to feel as if he or she is trapped in a situation. However, if a person is taken into police custody and charged with a crime, he or she is not free to leave unless released by authorities. In some instances, this trapped feeling could cause a person to act irrationally, and more criminal charges could result.

It was recently reported that a Missouri man who was in police custody on an assault charge has had more allegations brought against him in a separate incident. Apparently, the man was being transported by a police officer for a medical evaluation when he attempted to get the officer's firearm. During the struggle, the officer was shot in the abdomen, and at the time of the report, she was considered to be in critical condition.

Child support a common concern for divorcing parents

Missouri parents and those around the country have obligations that nonparents do not. Aside from having to take their kids to soccer practice and making sure they do their homework, parents also have to take their children into consideration when getting divorced. In particular, parents in this type of situation commonly have concerns over child support.

When the children spend more time with one parent than the other after divorce, that parent is typically entitled to support payments. These payments can help that parent provide necessities for the children, including food, clothing, health care, transportation and more. Even if parents have a joint custody arrangement, it does not necessarily mean that child support becomes unnecessary as the children will still likely spend more time with one parent than the other.

Fatigued driving in Missouri is a huge problem

All drivers must ensure that they are well rested before they drive. There are many things that come into consideration when they are trying to prepare for any drive on the road. One of the most important things to remember is that no driver should ever try to push through fatigue. It is always best to stop, get some rest, and begin again when they are better rested.

In Missouri, there were 20 fatal crashes in 2018 that included fatigue as a factor. There were another 947 crashes involving a fatigued driver that led to injuries.

Accepting the possibility of divorce may mean living more happily

It may be difficult for many Missouri residents to consider the idea of ending their marriages. They may have heard that divorce is an embarrassing event that can often feel like a failure, though the public perception of divorce has changed over the years. It is important to remember that numerous marriages come to an end through legal proceedings, and the situation can go more smoothly if individuals do not have such a negative view of this outcome.

Certainly, it can be difficult to shake any negative stigma, but parties may want to consider that accepting the possibility of divorce could help them live happier lives and have happier marriages. In the event that they do decide to go their separate ways, couples may even have smoother divorce cases. By looking at ending a marriage in a way other than as a failure, many individuals may feel less guilty about wanting to get out of harmful or unhealthy relationships.

Animal abuse charges likely have man working on criminal defense

Some people participate in behaviors that are difficult to understand. The individuals themselves may not even fully know why they do what they do. Still, if their actions result in harm to another living being, it is possible for criminal charges to result. In turn, a person facing charges for animal abuse will likely need a meaningful criminal defense.

One man in Missouri is undoubtedly exploring his options for defending against charges recently brought against him. According to reports, someone allegedly saw the man disposing of a dead cat that was in a bag of water outside of his house. It was unclear whether this is the specific incident that led authorities to investigate. Nonetheless, the man allegedly told authorities that he looked for online ads in order to obtain cats or kittens. After obtaining the animals, he would then allegedly take them home to kill and mutilate them.

2 killed, 1 injured in Missouri car accident

Now that the weather has turned warmer, many like to drive through Southern Missouri to take advantage of the Ozark Mountains' vistas and scenery around Table Rock Lake. However, a particular drive turned into tragedy for one local family when two of their family members were killed and one was injured in a car accident. Now, the family is likely considering their options on how best to move forward from this horrific event.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred the evening of Monday, April 29, near Lampe and involved only one vehicle. Apparently, the driver, identified as a 49-year-old man, was trying to negotiate a turn when his Ford Bronco left the road and slid down an embankment. It then struck a tree and overturned.

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