First-degree murder is among the most serious criminal act one can commit, and it typically draws some of the harshest sentences. Those who are facing criminal charges for allegedly committing first-degree murder should seek to understand all of their legal rights and options as it may benefit them in a trial. Failure to do so can mean long-term imprisonment or even the death sentence.
A judge imposed a $10 million bail on Jan. 14 for a Seattle man who allegedly shot a wine steward on Aug. 31, 2012. The accused, age 31, reportedly shot the other man, age 43, three times in the head while they were both in their cars at an intersection in North Seattle. He then reportedly drove off in a BMW convertible. Witnesses gave the police descriptions of the shooter, which led to his arrest on Sept. 21. He was charged with first-degree murder.
According to a prosecutor, even though the judge has now set the bail at $10 million, it is unlikely that the man will make bail. He and his family have to come up with 10 percent of the total bail, or $1 million cash, to have him released. The victim's friends do not believe they will be able to raise that amount.
People who are facing allegations of first-degree murder can gain acquittal by proving their innocence in court. They can also try to get a lighter sentence by entering into plea negotiation. It is important, however, that they get the right legal advice and take the appropriate measures to defend themselves in court or through a plea deal.
Source: The Seattle Times, "$10M bail set in slaying at Seattle stoplight," Christine Clarridge, Jan. 14, 2013