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    Murder Charges in Philadelphia – Homicides Up in 2018

    Philadelphia is facing a record number of murders in 2018, the highest in over a decade. According to data provided by the Philadelphia Police Department, there were 351 homicides in 2018.

    Here’s a comparison of Philadelphia’s homicide numbers from 2014 to 2018. 

    Rates of Homicides in Philadelphia

    This chart shows a steady increase in the number of murders in Philadelphia over the past five years. From 2014 to 2018, there was an increase by over 100 in the number of murders in the city. That’s an increase of about 45% over a 5 year period. With the exception of 2016, the total number of homicides has increased each year. Already, 2019 is on track to keep up with the trend. So far in the first seven days of 2019, there have been 2 murders, whereas in the first week of 2018, there was 1.

    While the number of homicides has increased, the number of most other violent crimes has decreased. The number of rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults has decreased overall from 2017 to 2018.

    The number of homicides includes a variety of murder charges including First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder (AKA: Felony Murder) and Manslaughter. These charges can result in life sentences, despite the recent election of a “progressive” District Attorney in Philadelphia. Visit our Philadelphia Murder Charge Law Library for legal info about murder charges in Philadelphia

    Rise in Charges for Drug Delivery Resulting in Death

    In addition, this number includes the crime of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death, a first degree felony. Given the extent of the opioid epidemic in the Philadelphia area, our criminal defense law firm has seen a marked increase in the number of charges for selling or delivering a controlled substance that results in death. These charges often result when an individual sells a controlled substance to an individual who then overdoses and dies. This charge is almost always filed with other serious felonies, which when added, can result in lengthy prison sentences.

    Philadelphia Criminal Law Firm – Murder Charges

    Our law firm represents Philadelphia residents who are facing murder, manslaughter and related charges. Call for a FREE case evaluation. (215) 564-0644

    Firm founder David S. Nenner is a top rated criminal lawyer and is known for his trial skill. Several of his murder cases have been featured in local news: 

    Commonwealth v. Prince and Commonwealth v. Timmons Due to Attorney Nenner’s investigation and efforts in a murder case, his client Mr. Prince was freed after spending months in jail; North Philly man freed 17 months after false murder accusation by Mensah M. Dean, (March 17, 2017); Co-defendant Timmons’ case was dismissed by the trial judge after Attorney Nenner’s mid-trial motion. 

    Commonwealth v. Speakes Attorney Nenner secured his client’s release on murder charges after videotape evidence showed the client’s innocence.

    David S. Nenner

    "Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer"

    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.