A teenage boy has died from stab wounds he received during a fight at a party. 9 News has reported that 19-year-old, Zachary Culmer, “was stabbed in the neck” during an early morning fight on September 5th. Another teenage boy is being “held at the Department of Youth Services in Grand Junction” on suspicion of the second-degree murder of Culmer. Culmer went to the party uninvited, but it is unclear at this point what caused the fight and why Culmer was stabbed. Local police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the homicide.
The specifics of second-degree murder charges and sentencing vary from state to state. According to an article posted at Free Advice, second-degree murder generally “means intentionally killing someone without planning to do so in advance.” The case as it has been reported above is an obvious example of a second-degree murder charge. The young man who allegedly stabbed Culmer did not, according to the report, plan to stab Culmer the night of the party. During a fight, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the neck. The stabbing was not premeditated, but it was intentional.
Not everyone who is arrested is guilty of the crime they have been charged with. Sometimes, the facts of a case are not clear at the beginning of an investigation and further evidence shows that initial charges should either be dropped or changed. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to hire an experienced Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney who will work for you. For a free consultation and review of your case call Sarah Christensen today at (719) 634-7770.