Two bodies that were found on July 5 by Detroit police in a garage of a west Detroit home have now been identified by the Wayne County Medical Examiner as 47-year-old Megail Aaron and 35-year-old Evelyn Stewart.
Brooke Blackwell, spokeswoman for Wayne County said on Friday, July 13th that Aaron died from multiple stab wounds while Stewart was asphyxiated. The medical examiner did confirm that the man and woman were killed. The dead bodies were discovered behind a home located at 22650 West Chicago which overlooks Rouge River Park inside a detached garage. At the time the bodies were discovered by Detroit police, the scene was described as “gruesome.”
Near the caution tape in the center of a sidewalk police also found a black bag containing a lady’s shoes, purse and other items. A door leading to the garage was found to be open as well. It is unknown whether police have any suspects in the case at this time.
Michigan criminal defense attorneys know that when the killer or killers are apprehended, they will face serious criminal charges which could leave them facing life in prison. In the state of Michigan, the accused may be charged with first or second degree murder, or manslaughter. Regardless of the charge, it is critical to have an aggressive and capable defense team to protect the defendant’s legal rights and build a strong defense. Any individual convicted on charges of first degree murder or felony murder (loss of life while committing specific felonies) will face life in prison. In the case of second degree murder, the defendant may be given a sentence of life in prison, or a set number of years, although parole is a possibility.
Prosecutors must prove in the case of first degree murder that the murder was premeditated; in other words, the accused thought about it before actually carrying the murder out. With second degree murder, prosecutors do not have to prove that the act was premeditated.
The role of a Michigan criminal defense lawyer is to protect the defendant’s legal rights, to provide sound legal guidance, and to work diligently to challenge the evidence against the defendant in order to have charges dismissed or reduced. Without a talented attorney, it’s likely the defendant will face the most severe level of punishment that can be handed out. The fact is, no suspect can afford not to have a competent lawyer on his/her side when a future and freedom are at stake.