The story of the woman killed in Wisconsin has been in news since last Thursday. The woman was on her way to a laundromat when she was robbed and assaulted in Racine, WI. Police officers determined that someone had gone through her car as well.
Police have arrested a suspect who they identified by looking at photos on a digital camera found near the scene. The man, a registered sex offender, was arrested and charged with first degree homicide, theft, and felony bail jumping. The investigation is also determining whether there was sexual assault as well. With these serious charges, what could happen next for this man?
These charges could mean life in prison for him. If he does not know how to respond to them, he could serve a life sentence and more for all the crimes for which he is being charged.
To prove first degree homicide, the state must prove that the man intended to kill the woman and that he actually killed her. If there is even a small doubt that their suspect killed the woman, he could be found not guilty by the legal system. The photograph police found was of a man walking away. Without knowing exactly when the photo was taken or when the woman was killed, there are a lot of other mitigating factors that could explain the presence of the photo.
Here, if the photo found on the camera was not of the suspect actually committing the crime, then investigators will have to find another way to prove he actually killed her. The photos should not be the determining factor to conclude whether he is guilty.
Source: The Journal Times online, "WITH NEW INFO: Slain woman believed to have photographed her killer," Janine Anderson , 18 October 2010