A Studio City woman faces murder charges in the death of her sister three years ago. In addition, the woman also faces three animal cruelty counts.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges in March against Jill Blackstone, who now lives in Baltimore. She will not fight extradition back to California. Investigators say that Blackstone drugged her sister, who was deaf, and placed her three dogs in a Studio City garage, before setting it on fire. Authorities say that Blackstone attempted to disguise the scene as an accident. Investigators indicated that Blackstone was stressed by the financial responsibilities of taking care of her sister.
The coroner determined that Wendy Blackstone died from a combination of smoke inhalation and Xanax. Her attorney indicated that Wendy Blackstone had died in the garage following an uncontrolled fire in a barbeque grill. Authorities arrested Blackstone in 2015, but released her when prosecutor asked for additional evidence.
Blackstone’s lawyer vigorously denied the charges against his client and said that she looks forward to defending herself against the allegations.
Studio City murder lawyer
When you face homicide charges, hire an experienced, aggressive murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of practice experience in criminal defense. He takes homicide cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could face the death penalty. Even without the death penalty, you could face life in prison with or without parole. Your life is literally at stake in a homicide case.
While California hasn’t executed a prisoner in more than a decade, hundreds of people are currently on Death Row here. Nearly 800 people face the prospect of execution. Unless their sentence is commuted, or the court overturns their conviction, they can expect to die in a California prison. That’s an unpleasant prospect, to be sure.
It’s also why you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney when you face a homicide charge. During his years of practice, Mr. Helfend has defended thousands of Californians and will provide aggressive representation for you.
When you face murder charges, hire an experienced murder lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense.
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