The defense attorney in the case against an Oklahoma man accused of murdering his mother-in-law says the system is “broken” and that he’s not afraid to “fight it.”
Karen Hornady, the attorney for a woman accused of killing her husband, says the law enforcement system is broken.
She says the man should have been charged with capital murder.
“This is a system that’s broken, and this is why we’re here today,” Hornady said.
“It’s called capital murder, and it’s called wrongful death.
This is a crime against humanity.”
In a statement, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the state has the ability to prosecute criminal cases based on “good faith belief that there is a need for prosecution.”
“While we believe there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against the accused, the state cannot and will not pursue a case unless there is solid proof that a crime was committed,” Pruitt said.
The Oklahoma law requires the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim was murdered by an act of “willful” homicide.
But it does not provide for an aggravating factor beyond that which would make the murder “grossly negligent.”
The Oklahoma Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the capital murder case of James L. Hulbert.
The prosecution argues that Hulbach, 47, killed his wife, Cynthia, and her young daughter, who were found dead in their Oklahoma home in January.
Hulbert has pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges and faces a death sentence if convicted.
Hornady said that she has spent the past decade defending victims of crimes and the families of the victims of violent crime.
“I’m the only attorney who can tell you how many people have been murdered by someone they know and who they have been defending for years,” Hornadys attorney said.
Harmon, who said he will file a complaint with the Oklahoma Supreme, is an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
“My background is very, very diverse,” he said.
He added that Hornady is “an intelligent, educated, very articulate, strong, articulate and highly respected attorney” who is “very well-prepared to defend” the woman charged in the death of her husband.
Hornsady, who was a law school classmate of Hulbs, is also a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
He is also an active member of a legal defense organization that he has called the “Legal Defense and Advocacy Alliance.”
Horny is an attorney who has represented more than a dozen women in cases involving sexual assault and homicide.