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Local authorities arrest man in multiple-murder case

The natural reaction from many in Nashville after hearing of violent crimes having been committed may often be to immediately demand justice on behalf of the victims. Those demands may not only place undue pressure on law enforcement officials to rush to coming up with the conclusion of a case, but also to automatically assign guilt to whomever comes under suspicion. The trouble with this method of thinking is that defendants are considered to be innocent until proven guilty, and thus entitled to a fair trial in which they can respond to the charges that are leveled against them. Too much media scrutiny could potential prejudice those put in a position to decide the outcomes of their cases. 

Of course, the nature of a crime may often mandate that its details be reported. Authorities were recently called out to a home in a rural area between Westmoreland and Fairfield were a person had discovered the bodies of four of his family members. Two other bodies were subsequently recovered at the home, while a seventh was found later at another residence (an eight victim is currently in critical condition at a local hospital). Law enforcement officials ultimately apprehended the son of two of the victims following a standoff in which he was shot. After receiving treatment for his wound, the man was charged with all seven murders and an additional count of attempted murder. The details of the crime have not been released. 

Some may view one's actions in being detained for a violent crime as an indication of their guilt, yet the enormity of facing criminal charges could cause anyone to panic. Those needing assistance in ensuring that their stories are heard in a criminal trial may find it in the form of an experienced defense attorney. 

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