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    Chester, PA Shootings & Homicides, May 2020

    There’ve been 17 homicides in Chester, PA so far this year, and at least two of the cases resulted in the deaths of minors. According to several news reports, a 7 year old was shot and killed by a stray bullet in April, and in early May, a 13 year old was shot after he left his home to play basketball.

    Chester’s homicide total in 2020 is on track to top 2019’s total, 18 homicides. Despite having a population of just over 33,000, Chester’s homicide rate, .05%, is one of the nation’s highest, even higher than Philadelphia. With a population of over 1.5 million, and roughly 110 homicides so far in 2020, Philly’s homicide rate is less than .008%. But, the lower homicide rate in Philadelphia doesn’t mean Philadelphia’s homicide rate is decreasing. Even with a homicide rate lower than Chester, Philadelphia is still on track to beat last year’s homicide total.

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    Murder & Homicide Charges – The Risk of False Confessions When Murder Cases Increase

    Related: Attempted Murder & Conspiracy to Commit Murder Charges

    When any city sees an increase in the number of violent crimes, law enforcement often faces increased pressure to make arrests and ultimately get convictions. Especially when investigating multiple homicides, whether it’s a first degree murder, felony murder or manslaughter, an officer may engage in aggressive and sometimes unethical tactics designed to get a suspect to confess. In homicide cases, the risk of a false confession is actually quite high for suspects who have mental or emotional difficulties. This is true in investigations in large cities like Philadelphia and smaller towns like Chester, PA. For example, a suspect who has autism and/or anxiety may end up giving a false confession due to the highly stressful nature of a police interrogation.

    Our criminal defense law firm fights for the constitutional and legal rights of those accused of crimes. Every citizen has a right to present the best defenses possible when accused of a crime, no matter how serious the crime may be. Firm founder David Nenner has over 30 years of experience representing Philly area residents in major felony cases including homicide, drug possession or dealing and illegal gun possession cases.

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    Not guilty on 1st Degree MURDER CHARGE (dec. 2022, Pottsville, Pa)

    Mr. Nenner's client faced first degree murder, third degree murder and various other charges. The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Whitted stabbed and killed a driver after an incident at a red light in West Brunswick Township. Throughout the trial, Mr. Nenner argued...

    MURDER, Att. Murder CHARGES – Negotiated Significantly Lower prison sentence (Feb. 2022, PHILA)

    Mr. Anderson faced murder and attempted murder charges after an incident in Northeast Philadelphia involving the shooting death of Anderson’s sister’s boyfriend and the boyfriend’s roommate who was shot 5 times and survived. The decedent had previously beaten the...


    The Commonwealth alleged that Mr. Shelton shot and seriously injured a male in a bar in North Philadelphia called Circles. There was video of the shooting which happened outside the bar. However, Mr. Nenner presented witnesses who testified that the person in the bar...


    Mr. Nenner's client was charged with multiple crimes (murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, robbery, etc.) after a shooting death occurred at a gambling house in North Philadelphia. At trial, Mr. Nenner successfully presented a self-defense argument and convinced...


    Mr. Nenner’s client was charged with murder and gun charges in Philadelphia. The client was accused of shooting and killing another male on Arch Street near the 5600 block of Ithan Street in Philadelphia. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty after deliberating...

    Drug Charges in Philadelphia PA State Court – Possession of a Controlled Substance

    In most criminal drug cases in Philadelphia, there are two common charges or offenses: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. In addition to these drug charges, there are other drug related charges, such...

    Drug Charges in Philadelphia PA State Court – What is “Possession”

    Page last reviewed and updated: October 20, 2019 One of the most common types of criminal state (PA) cases in Philadelphia is possession of drugs. Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS) and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (PWID) often...

    Pennsylvania Second Degree Murder (AKA: Felony Murder) Law

    Philadelphia criminal lawyer David S. Nenner discusses the current status of second degree murder law in Pennsylvania. This is also known as the felony murder rule. Get info about PA court decisions and the agency theory. Not every case of death during the commission of a felony will result in a second degree murder conviction in PA.

    Philadelphia Murder Cases – Police Investigation Tactics

    Questioning Police Officer Tactics in Philadelphia Murder Cases Within the last 10 years, there have been several murder Philadelphia criminal cases in which the accused individuals were acquitted of the crimes. In these cases, the individuals spent months, if not...

    Murder Charges in Pennsylvania – Murder Law in Pennsylvania

    An explanation of Pennsylvania murder laws including Section 2502. What is murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree and murder in the third degree. Get a summary of the definitions under Pennsylvania criminal law.