This is a real headline: “Blood-covered naked woman, several pigs flee burning home after domestic incident, cops say.”
Let that sink in.
Fox News reported on a horrific story out of Lynn, Massachusetts with this glorious headline on December 7th. According to their report, a 49-year-old woman fled her burning home after an alleged domestic assault, where her 54-year-old boyfriend injured her and himself. She was bleeding and naked when she reached her neighbor’s door. The fire department was called to the scene, where it was discovered that a fire had started in the basement.
Also, there were pigs. Not a lot – just “a couple,” according to the District Fire Chief Arthur Richard. “It’s something unusual you don’t see in Lynn. When they came out, it was like, ‘whoa.’”
From what the report says, this woman was brutally attacked. Her neighbor said that the victim’s “head was bashed in. She had a lot of gashes and blood on her face, head and leg.” And there is literally nothing funny about a woman being savagely attacked with a knife. And there’s nothing funny about both the victim and the alleged attacker needing to be hospitalized, either.
But the pigs? The pigs are funny, and weird, and unexpected. So, it’s okay to laugh at the pigs.
There’s a lot to unpack here, in terms of potential charges
Let’s say this happened here in Annapolis, instead of Massachusetts. Since no charges have been released as of yet, we can only speculate as to what they would be here in Maryland – but I’ll give it a whirl.
If he was trying to kill her, he could face attempted murder charges, most likely in the second degree. If convicted, it’s a potential 30 years prison sentence.
If she dies as a result of her wounds, he may face voluntary manslaughter charges. These are the “crimes of passion” killings that arise out of a heated moment. He might also be charged with second-degree homicide, if they can prove he wanted to kill her, but it wasn’t premeditated.
If he wanted to hurt her, he can be charged first-degree assault. Allegedly, he used a knife when he attacked her, which means there was a substantial risk of her death, and the potential for permanent disfigurement or injury. That’s up to 25 years, with a conviction. Either way, he could also face domestic violence charges.
If he set the fire on purpose, knowing that she was in the house, then he’s facing charges of first-degree arson: up to 30 years in prison, and $50 grand in fines.
If he hurt the pigs, he could be charged with animal cruelty – up to 90 days in jail, and/or up to $1000 in fines.
These are all serious charges, and you’ll need a serious defense if you’re facing any of them. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, we help clients whose lives and futures may be on the line. To speak with a skilled Annapolis defense lawyer, please call 410-777-8103 – or complete my contact form to schedule an initial conversation. Just remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.