Murder Charges in Michigan – What You Need to Know

Murder Charges in Michigan - What You Need to Know

Angela Alexie, now 25, from Eastpointe, Michigan was accused with leaving her newborn baby boy in the garage to die in December. It was in February that the dead baby boy was found on the conveyer belt at the ReCommunity Recycling Center on Groesbeck in Roseville, Michigan.

Cyndee Johnson, an employee at the recycling center found the baby and immediately stopped the line and wrapped the baby in blankets. The baby’s body was frozen and blue. Alexie, stated that she had placed the baby in the recycling bin at her mother’s home when she realized the baby was dead. Authorities said that the baby died of hypothermia and neglect.

According to The Detroit News, Alexie said in an interview videotaped by the police, “I know he died of being hungry and cold. I didn’t mean for him to pass. I didn’t want him to die.” Alexie is being charged with first degree murder and first degree child abuse.

First Degree Murder Charges

When a person is being faced with a first degree murder charge, he or she is looking at the hardest sentences of any crime. The sentences of a murder conviction will vary from state to state and will have elements taken in to account. Each state will have the sentences outlined in the state statues.

In some states, such as Michigan, all first degree murder convictions bring either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. For a state like California, they use a two tiered sentences structure. The first will may include a varied amount of years up to life in prison. The second tier will include life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

Aggravating Factors

Depending on whether a person is convicted with one tier vs another typically depends on whether the prosecution can prove that there were any aggravating factors. Aggravating factors for capital punishment can be a number of different additions to the crime. Examples include previous murders, murder coupled with another violent crime like rape, and the victim was tortured or poisoned.

Death Penalty in Michigan

The State of Michigan does not have a death penalty sentencing for murder. In fact, Michigan was the only state to never have capital punishment as they abolished it as soon as they entered the union. A defendant like Angela Alexie may be facing the life in prison without parole if convicted, but not the death penalty.

Other states without the death penalty are Alaska, Connecticut. Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

It is important thing to remember is even if you are from another state, a defendant will be convicted and charged with that state’s punishments based on the state the crime was committed in.

Wrapping Up

When it comes to facing murder charges, whether a defendant is guilty or not, having a strong legal representation is critical and can massive impact the sentence a defendant might receive.

If you or a loved one is facing a murder investigation or murder charges, it is imperative that they seek legal representation immediately. Please call my office today at:

248-348-7400 or 586-530-1000