Teen accused of shooting cop, Miami criminal defense lawyer disputes DNA

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If you are accused of a violent crime, it is essential to secure the help of a Miami criminal defense lawyer to plead your case in court. This week, a 19-year-old faces an attempted murder charge, and his Miami attorney could make all the difference in his trial.

Last September, a Miami-Dade police officer was reportedly volunteering at a church in Liberty City with his father when he was approached by three young men. The assailants allegedly demanded that the law enforcement official, Herman Joseph, hand over his jewelry. One of the three individuals shot him in the chest and fled the scene, according to reports.

CBS Miami reports that 19-year-old Willie Barney appeared in court this morning, and stands accused of attempted murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm. The prosecution has expressed its confidence about the case against Barney, stating that is in possession of the handgun that was used. In addition, the prosecutors claim to have DNA evidence that links Barney to the crime.

However, Barney’s Miami criminal defense lawyer told CBS that the opposing counsel’s case against his client is flawed.

“If you look at the DNA report, it’s not quite what you might think,” said the Miami lawyer. who will likely dispute the evidence as the trial continues.

The two other men allegedly involved in the incident will be tried for the crime at a later date, the source notes.

You may be accused of a criminal act, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have rights. A Miami criminal defense lawyer can ensure that you receive a fair trial, and will work to point out weaknesses in the case against you. Contact Scott A. Ferris, Esq. at 305-670-3330 to discuss your case today.