Lack of evidence leads judge to dismiss murder case

As we've mentioned before on this blog, a criminal charge is vastly different from a conviction. Whether you live in Birmingham or elsewhere, those accused of serious crimes, like murder, remain innocent unless prosecutors can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Alabama readers may be interested to hear about a criminal case in another state in which a man was accused of murdering his estranged wife. The case went to trial. However, a judge recently dismissed the case for lack of evidence.

Prosecutors said the man in this case was responsible for his wife's murder in July of 2000. However, the judge concluded that there was not enough evidence to show that the woman's husband was responsible for her death. In addition, there was not conclusive evidence that the woman was murdered. Because the medical examiner did not issue a cause of death in the case, questions still remain whether she died of natural causes.

People who are charged with a crime may feel helpless. However, a story like this shows that prosecutors have a big job to do. To secure a conviction, they must provide jurors with sufficient evidence that the accused did in fact commit a crime. Circumstantial evidence on its own is often not enough.

People who are charged with a serious crime may feel overwhelmed. In order to work towards the most optimal outcome, people in Birmingham and beyond would likely benefit from working with a criminal defense attorney. In some instances, a solid defense may lead to reduced charges or even a complete dismissal of the case.

Source:, "Judge dismisses Mark Anthony Coulier murder trial halfway through, noting lack of concrete evidence in attorney general's case," Jonathan Stoner, Jan. 28, 2013

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