A 24-year-old East Baton Rouge man and his father, who were facing a charge of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly beating another man, are now facing charges of second-degree murder and fugitive from justice. Both the man and his father were arrested and charged in connection with the incident, but now they faced upgraded charges.

The victim was reportedly hospitalized immediately after the incident, and died two months later from injuries sustained in the beating. According to police, he was beaten severely with a board when he intervened in a fight between his sister and her ex-boyfriend, the elder suspect.

According to a witness, the younger man hit the victim over the head with a wooden board, knocked him down and continued to hit and stomp on him. The beatings were severe enough to put the man in a coma at the hospital, and doctors reported that he had multiple facial fractures and internal brain bleeding.

Murder charges are obviously quite serious, and the father and son accused in this case will be facing an uphill battle in defending themselves now that they are being charged as fugitives. When they are eventually found this will likely work against them.

It is so important for anybody facing serious criminal charges to obtain an experienced advocate to help them build a solid case. Doing so may not result in dismissal or acquittal of charges, but it will increase the chances of achieving a desirable outcome.

Source: The Advocate, “Charge upgraded to second-degree murder,” March 27, 2013