For five months, authorities in Louisiana had been searching for a suspect in an attempted murder case. On Tuesday January 26, 29-year-old Curtis Obraine Scott was spotted by a Muskegon police officer as he walked down Allen Avenue, according to news reports. Scott has now been arrested, more than 1,000 miles from Ferriday, Louisiana where the alleged attempted murder took place last August.
Scott had been at a nightclub in Ferriday, where Darren Curry and his girlfriend had also been. Curry had reportedly become involved in a fight with Scott and two other men, and left the bar with his girlfriend. As they were heading home in Curry’s vehicle, someone yelled which got his attention. He saw the three men, and shots rang out. Curry claimed to have heard five shots, one of which struck him in the side according to a Ferriday police officer’s affidavit. Police said two of the bullets landed on the passenger seat while three penetrated Curry’s vehicle.
Scott’s girlfriend reportedly has family in Michigan, according to a Ferriday police dispatcher. His location was tracked through credit card use. At last news reports, Scott was awaiting extradition to Louisiana where he will face two counts of attempted second-degree murder. He was arrested without incident, and held in the Muskegon County Jail.
While Scott faces criminal charges in Louisiana, the crime of assault with intent to commit murder (attempted murder) in Michigan is very serious. According to the Michigan Penal Code 750.83, those who are convicted of assault with intent to commit murder may be sentenced to any number of years in prison, including life behind bars.
Regardless of how serious a crime someone is charged with, it is vital to seek out competent legal representation. Even in attempted murder or murder cases, the defendant has legal rights. Police may make mistakes in their handling of the case, and are relentless when it comes to interrogation, often making statements that aren’t true in order to get a suspect to incriminate him- or herself, or even admit to a crime he or she did not commit. There are legal options that may be considered in order to mitigate the damage to the accused person’s life and future.
When charged with attempted murder, it is crucial to work with a Michigan criminal defense lawyer who is experienced, skilled, and who has a proven track record for outstanding results. When your freedom is in jeopardy and you potentially face decades or life in prison, choose who will defend you very carefully.