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Novel criminal defense may be needed to alleged bizarre events

Some reported crimes are difficult to understand. One such inexplicable series of events occurred in New Hampshire recently when a 54-year-old woman called the Nashua Police Department and announced that a man had been fatally shot in her home. When the police responded, instead of directing them to the body, she instead led them on a 20-mile chase before they apprehended and arrested her. The accused will likely need a novel criminal defense when her counsel tries to make some sense of what happened and why.

Police say that they did not find a body in the accused woman's home. As they first approached the house in response to her call, she approached them and again mentioned the dead body, but she drove off when they continued to question her to find out more. They followed her but stopped when she crossed the border into another state.

When the chase continued into neighboring Massachusetts, police there took it up. While following her, they reported observing her strike a parked car. The collision inflicted minor damages and no injuries. She continued back into New Hampshire, where the Nashua police once again picked up the chase. She struck another vehicle shortly thereafter, but no injuries occurred.

At that point, the suspect exited her car, climbed over the guard rail and ran down an embankment toward the Nashua River. The authorities quickly apprehended her. The police then arrested her on charges of disobeying an officer, resisting arrest, conduct after an accident and related violations.

The very nature of these events implicates the possibility that the accused was in a state of mental derangement, insanity or confusion. Criminal defense counsel will probe the facts thoroughly for leads that can explain the alleged bizarre actions. A seasoned and knowledgeable defense counsel will use the procedural and substantive law of New Hampshire to design a defense to obtain the best possible outcome. This assumes, of course, that there is no dead body in fact buried in the suspect's cellar.  

Source: Time, "Women Leads Police in Chase After Calling About Dead Body", Jan. 18, 2018

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