Police charge Birmingham man after recent stabbing death

When someone is charged with a serious crime, people may assume that they are guilty. However, there are often many complex aspects to a case. Much must be done before an individual can be convicted of a crime.

A Birmingham man is now facing a murder charge after police say he stabbed a man to death. The stabbing reportedly occurred on April 20 around 2:45 p.m. The accused, a 50-year-old man, allegedly got into a fight with a 57-year-old man. Authorities claim the 50-year-old stabbed the other man.

The accused had left the scene by the time authorities arrived. He reportedly turned himself into police. He was being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

Charges of this nature can affect a person for the rest of their lives. They could be forced to spend years behind bars.

In cases like this, though, it is possible that the accused was acting in defense. If a person is intending to protect themselves from harm, it is acceptable in some instances to engage in behavior that would normally be considered criminal. However, self-defense cases are often very complex. A number of factors must be proven before it can be shown that an individual was trying to protect themselves.

Individuals charged with violent crimes who say they were acting in defense would be wise to consult with a criminal defense attorney. An attorney can examine the evidence in a case and aggressively fight the charges. An attorney may be able to show in court that a person was simply trying to defend themselves against harm.

Source: WBRC, "Birmingham man arrested in stabbing death," Melynda Sides, April 22, 2013

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