How can you still be charged for first degree murder? 2 Answers as of December 18, 2010

I was wondering how you can be charged with first degree murder with no body and only a confession? Thank you.

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The Barrix Law Firm
The Barrix Law Firm | Jason Barrix
While a body is important to be charged with murder it is not required if the Government can establish the person in fact died. it would be an important issue at trial. A body can help determine cause and time of death. The government then ties those facts to the defendant and other physical evidence. if there is no body the government might rely on witnesses's, forensic evidence such as blood, statements of the accused etc. Not having a body can make it more difficult a good example is the Scott Peterson case in California.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/18/2010
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
That is hard to say. It depends on what there other evidence is. If there is no body, they will need more than a confession. They will need evidence that a crime was committed outside of the confession. They must have something or else that wouldn't have made such a charge.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 12/16/2010
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