May 132020

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.