Email or Call (215) 564-0644

    Philadelphia Murder Cases – Police Investigation Tactics

    Questioning Police Officer Tactics in Philadelphia Murder Cases

    Within the last few 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 years in jail, waiting for justice. There is a saying, often attributed to William Penn, who ironically, founded Pennsylvania: “Justice delayed is justice denied.” This is certainly true in these recent cases.

    Related: David Nenner Criminal Case Result & Analysis: Acquittal in an Attempted Murder Case in Philadelphia

    Case 1: Philadelphia Man Gives False Confession, Spends 4 Years in Jail Before Acquittal

    Late last year, a Philadelphia area man was acquitted of two murders after spending 4 years in jail (see Commonwealth v. Pinkney, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia). He was only 20 years old at the time of his arrest and had no prior record. His life was forever altered by his case; he lost his job as a baggage handler at the Philadelphia airport. So how did this happen?

    He confessed to a crime he didn’t commit, and the jury believed that his confession was bogus. So the next question is, how did he confess to a crime he didn’t actually commit? He was investigated and interrogated by two Philadelphia homicide detectives, the same two detectives who worked up 2 other murder cases which resulted in acquittals.

    Related: False Confessions in Philadelphia Criminal Cases

    Philadelphia Police Officer Tactics in Murder Cases

    The same 2 police detectives who investigated the Pinkney case worked up another homicide case a few years prior. In that case, a young Philadelphia woman was charged with murdering her roommate, and she confessed to the crime, after 41 hours in custody. Eventually a Philadelphia judge threw the confession out, finding that it was the product of psychological coercion. In addition, the same judge found the police detective’s testimony incredible; the judge simply did not believe the detective’s testimony.

    The same detectives worked up another murder case in 2009 (Commonwealth v. Speakes). That case involved another young Philadelphia man who was accused of murdering someone on the same block. There were at least 2 eyewitnesses who identified Speakes as the shooter; the identifications were obtained by the same 2 detectives. However, there was independent video footage which placed Speakes on the other side of town at the time of the murder. The criminal case proceeded to trial, while Speakes waited in for 2 years. He was found not guilty.

    These cases clearly show that police can employ investigation tactics which result in the prosecution of innocent people, and when innocent people spend time in jail waiting for justice, it is certainly true that they’ve been denied justice.

    Related: Philadelphia PA Drug Cases Thrown Out Due to Corruption in Philadelphia’s Police Department

    Philadelphia Criminal Defense Lawyer – Free Case Review

    If you are facing criminal charges in Philadelphia, please call our office for a free consultation. Firm founder, David Nenner, has been handling criminal cases for over 25 years. (215) 564-0644

    Disclaimer: This website does not create any attorney-client relationship or provide legal advice. Our lawyers provide legal advice only after accepting a case. It is imperative that any action taken is done on advice of counsel. Read full disclaimer below.

    David S. Nenner

    "Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer"

    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 Possession Case – Motion to Suppress Granted

    Mr. Nenner presented evidence that to show that the traffic stop was a pretextual stop. The officer had no reason to pull the car over. The judge agreed and suppressed the evidence. As a result, the prosecution withdrew the charges.

    Sentencing for 1st Degree Murder in PA

    In this article below we discuss sentencing for 1st degree murder cases in Pennsylvania. In later articles, we will discuss sentencing for 2nd and 3rd degree murder cases. If you or a loved one is facing murder charges in Philadelphia or the surrounding counties,...

    Philadelphia Criminal Trials – Evidence Pointing to Another Perpetrator in Drug Possession or Drug Manufacture Cases

    In criminal trials in Philadelphia, one pretty common defense tactic is pointing the finger at another person at trial. This can raise enough doubt to result in a not guilty verdict by the judge or jury that the defendant was not the perpetrator of the crime. Here’s...

    Philadelphia Murder & Gun Possession Cases Increasing in 2021 – A Look at Common Charges & Defenses

    A look at PA criminal law for Murder (1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree), Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Carrying a Firearm in Philadelphia (misdemeanor).

    Pennsylvania Murder Charges, Deceased Person’s Statements Used to Prove Guilt

    Defense Trial Strategies – Excluding Statements That Accuse the Defendant Prosecutors often look to a deceased individual’s statements made prior to a murder to show that the defendant is guilty. These statements may point to a history of violence between the deceased...

    Pennsylvania (State) Drug Charges, Dog Sniffs & Constitutional Law

    Federal and Pennsylvania state courts treat narcotics dog searches differently. So different that the same scenario could result in different outcomes in federal versus state court. For example, a Philadelphia resident is pulled over for speeding. During the traffic...