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    Default Questioning of Witnesses in a Homicide Investigation

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: West Virginia.

    I'm so overwhelmed and under the impression I can't give out lots of details to this case. But I have not met with a lawyer and I've been discouraged to because the family of the victim thinks the defense will reach a plea agreement. The defendant and accused is currently in jail for homicide. I interviewed with the homicide detective prior to this happening, all that I witnessed about the suspect before he allegedly murdered a friend. I don't consider myself an expert witness, but could the defense turn it on us and all the witnesses? From my understanding, the cop wanted to interview with me to be sure that I was being honest, since he said that my testimony matches other testimonies too well, because it's the truth and I think that I proved that. Should I call the homicide detective and clarify things? Well I haven't yet because I don't know if I should be talking to police when I'm not guilty of anything related to the case. And I don't know how much else I can say here. My main question is, can I be accused of anything and do I need a lawyer? Will getting a lawyer be detrimental to the case against the accused? From my knowledge, Grant county of the state of West Virginia is processing it. The family HAS a lawyer who I have not yet met with, which they said I refused to do but I wasn't able to because it's three hours away. I kind of feel like I'm being given the run around. I have written a witness statement and the homicide detective interviewed me later on. My statement didn't deviate that much but I tried to tell him as much as I recalled. What bothered me was that he didn't ask me anything related to the person being accused of the crime. I went with the victim's close relative to the interview. We interviewed separately.

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    Default Re: Questioning of Witnesses in a Homicide Investigation

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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: West Virginia.

    I'm so overwhelmed and under the impression I can't give out lots of details to this case. But I have not met with a lawyer and I've been discouraged to because the family of the victim thinks the defense will reach a plea agreement. The defendant and accused is currently in jail for homicide. I interviewed with the homicide detective prior to this happening, all that I witnessed about the suspect before he allegedly murdered a friend. I don't consider myself an expert witness, but could the defense turn it on us and all the witnesses? From my understanding, the cop wanted to interview with me to be sure that I was being honest, since he said that my testimony matches other testimonies too well, because it's the truth and I think that I proved that. Should I call the homicide detective and clarify things? Well I haven't yet because I don't know if I should be talking to police when I'm not guilty of anything related to the case. And I don't know how much else I can say here. My main question is, can I be accused of anything and do I need a lawyer? Will getting a lawyer be detrimental to the case against the accused? From my knowledge, Grant county of the state of West Virginia is processing it. The family HAS a lawyer who I have not yet met with, which they said I refused to do but I wasn't able to because it's three hours away. I kind of feel like I'm being given the run around. I have written a witness statement and the homicide detective interviewed me later on. My statement didn't deviate that much but I tried to tell him as much as I recalled. What bothered me was that he didn't ask me anything related to the person being accused of the crime. I went with the victim's close relative to the interview. We interviewed separately.
    Ok, calm down. Why do you think that you need a lawyer or could be accused of anything? If you are a witness to a crime all that is needed from your is your testimony.

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    Default Re: Questioning of Witnesses in a Homicide Investigation

    It's very overwhelming. I'm not sure what this process entails. It's the state/county vs. the accused. The interview was difficult because I felt like things were being exaggerated about me as a witness. I probably can't say what went on during any of that. The officer wanted us both to do a lie detector test to prove our honesty. I'm under the impression that I was needed to give them details about the environment and what I witnessed prior to the death of my friend. It's in the news. I am upset that I didn't realize how much of a bad person he was and that she was in such danger, I feel so much pain and guilt about not being able to take her back with me. We were threatened and told to leave, and she could have come with us if we were brave enough to either call the police or confront her murderer before it happened. I never was involved in the sale or purchase of drugs related to the case as well.

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