A Florida Keys man was arrested for attacking his roommate with a machete during an altercation, according to NBC Miami.
The accused man faces attempted murder charges.
Allegedly, the accused and the roommate got into a heated argument where the accused went into the kitchen and got a machete, which he began to swing at the roommate.
The alleged victim reportedly threw cinder blocks at the accused in self-defense.
The alleged victim was wounded in the arm from the machete. How this translates to an attempted murder charge is beyond me.
This sounds more like an aggravated battery because there is no intent to kill. Attempted murder requires that the accused display an intent to kill.
However, if the State charges the accused with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, it is actually a first-degree felony. Attempted second-degree murder is only a second-degree felony. The State may try to charge the accused with attempted first-degree murder if they believe that he premeditated a plan to kill his roommate.
Attempted first-degree murder without a firearm is a first-degree felony.
Sometimes a fine line exists between an attempted murder charge and a lesser charge of aggravated assault or aggravated battery. It is the job of a criminal defense lawyer to examine the details of a case to determine the best defense to the charge. Sometimes, a good lawyer can negotiate a plea so that the charge is reduced. Better yet, early intervention by a criminal defense attorney can sometimes result in the formal filing of lesser charges.
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