Originally Posted by AustinChief
Yeah, I assumed they would go manslaughter at the MOST... I am surprised with this. It's hard to imagine they have anywhere NEAR enough evidence to support this charge at all. This smacks of bowing to political pressure, but we'll see when the evidence comes to light. As it is, right now we still have nothing but guesswork to go on.
I don't know what evidence the prosecutor has so it's possible that 2nd degree murder is the appropriate charge. It's also possible that she charges with 2nd degree murder to get more leverage for a manslaughter plea deal or to give a jury the ability to convict on a lesser included charge as a psychological compromise between the actual charge and letting him walk.