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Man charged in murder of former model

Police in Brooklyn and around the country may use a number of methods to identify suspects in murder cases and other violent crimes. Sometimes, these can lead to correct identifications, but at other times, people can be wrongly accused of a serious crime. In one case, a man is accused of beating and strangling a former model in her apartment after being recognized from surveillance video. The man was arrested as he attempted to leave Pennsylvania but was returned to the Philadelphia suburbs where the incident took place.

The 30-year-old man was charged with several violent offenses, including first-, second- and third-degree murder and robbery; prosecutors said that additional charges could be added to the indictment. The man was arrested on a bus near Pittsburgh after being identified by someone who reportedly recognized him on a surveillance video as he walked with the model on the evening of her death. The woman was found inside her condominium on Aug. 22; she had been beaten and strangled to death.

By tracking Uber records, surveillance cameras and other information, police said that the woman had left her home and gone to Center City Philadelphia where she met a man, later identified as the one charged in the murder. She got into the car with the man and apparently returned to her apartment with him. Despite charging this man, police also said they were interested in contacting another man who had robbed the woman's apartment three days earlier.

When people are accused of murder or other violent crimes, they may want to talk to police or explain the situation. However, this could put them at far greater risk of serious charges or a conviction. A criminal defense attorney may help people facing serious allegations to challenge police and prosecution evidence and work to avoid conviction.

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