Police Arrest Manhattan Teen for Christmas Double Murder in Philadelphia
Authorities have arrested a New York teenager in connection with a shooting this past Christmas that left two Philadelphia men dead and one significantly injured. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that police have charged 18-year-old Marco Joaquin with the murders of 33-year-old Anthony Fletcher and 29-year-old Dwayne Page. The alleged murders occurred on December 22 in Fletcher’s apartment on Chester Avenue in the southwestern section of the city. Fletcher, shot in the head, died at the scene, while Page died later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
A third man, shot in both the head and chest, managed to survive the attack. Authorities, according to published reports, believe drugs motivated the shooting. If convicted on murder charges, Joaquin could have life in prison.
Young Offenders and Serious Criminal Offenses
Because he’s 18-years-old, Joaquin will most likely face charges as an adult, and could stand to spend the better part of his remaining years behind prison bars, if convicted. He has the same rights as any other adult accused of a crime, including the presumption of innocence and the right to defend those accusations in court.
Before a conviction by a judge or jury takes place, we use the word ‘alleged’ to describe the actions of the accused, and it’s with a specific intent in mind. It’s not to avoid liability, or out of any informal courtesy. We use the word because it’s a legal requirement as a reflection of their presumed innocence. No one, regardless of the criminal complaint made against them, is guilty of any crime until a prosecutor proves their guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and a jury renders its verdict. Not Marco Joaquin. Not anyone.
The Cost of Teen Violence
Violence of any kind takes a financial toll on the surrounding community and taxpayers in a given state as a whole. According to Teen Help, a resource for teen violence statistics, the total direct and indirect costs of teen violence is $158 billion annually. Across the nation, 6 percent of teens miss school due to feelings of anxiety and insecurity around the prospects of encountering aggressive classmates. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 17 percent of high school students report carrying a weapon to school at least once. Weapons can include clubs, knives, or even guns.
In 2000, authorities arrested more than 1,500 kids under the age of 18 for homicide in all states. One in 10 teens arrested during the same period engaged in activity that could’ve resulted in significant injury or death.
Healthcare costs reportedly increase in areas that exhibit high instances of teen violence while property values in these same locations drop dramatically. This trend affects both old and new homes, according to Teen Help.
If the police have charged you or a family member with a crime, you need to take action to preserve your rights immediately. Contact our Bucks County criminal defense lawyers today to get the experienced legal help you so desperately need during this important time. The phone call you make today could preserve your freedom for the future.
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