Being charged with murder might seem like the end of the world for a lot of people. However, people who are facing such serious charges need to remember that they are just that -- charges that have yet to be proven. This can serve as a valuable lesson for two men from Lansing, Michigan, who recently had murder charges against them dropped.
According to police, the two men and a third man went to a house in Lansing in early January. They were let in by the homeowner. An altercation ensued, and the third man was shot to death. The remaining two men were charged with murder; the homeowner was not charged because he was acting in self-defense.
Last month, prosecutors in Ingham County dismissed the murder charges against the two men. Experts said that under state law, they could not be charged with murder given the circumstances.
Despite no longer facing the murder charges, the men are not out of the woods yet. They are still charged with felonies including conspiracy to commit armed robbery and assault with intent to rob while armed. However, an attorney for one of the men said those charges might not stick either and he is unconvinced that a robbery took place at all.
The only testimony that has been heard so far is that of the homeowner, whom police identified as a drug dealer. A court date for the men has not yet been set, so it remains to be seen if they will be completely exonerated of the charges facing them.
Source: Lansing State Journal, "Murder charges dropped in Lansing killing," Kevin Grasha, Feb. 28, 2012