A 15-year-old has been accused of and arrested for a murder in Cobb County.
The teenager has been accused of stabbing a young girl to death. This occurred at an apartment complex off of Roswell Road.
His arrest warrants states: “Said accused, knowing victim was already deceased and the whereabouts of her remains, concealed the victim's death and the whereabouts of her remains by continuously lying to the police during the course of their investigation.”
Investigators believe that the murder was ordered as a part of a gang initiation. This then led to more investigations. During the course of these talks with the suspect, he lied to officers and attempted to conceal the victim's death.
He is facing charges for concealing the death as well as murder in Georgia. As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of concealing a death in the state of Georgia.
Concealing a Death in Georgia
Concealing a Death in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-10-31 as:
A person who, by concealing the death of any other person, hinders a discovery of whether or not such person was unlawfully killed is guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years, a fine of not less than $1,000.00 nor more than $5,000.00, or both.
People often believe that if they didn't do anything to conceal the body, then they are not guilty of a crime. However, not communicating with authorities and informing them of death is still enough to be convicted of concealing a body.
If convicted of concealing a death in Georgia, then a person is guilty of a felony offense. Georgia Felony Punishments have quite a range, and for this particular crime, an individual is facing up to ten years in prison as well as fines up to $5,000.
Call our offices today if you or someone you know is facing charges in the state of Georgia. We handle everything from misdemeanor cases to felony cases. This includes everything in between. Call us now.