Homicide and Violent Crimes Victories

  • In April 2009, a St. Louis City man and three other motorcycle club members were allegedly involved in a high speed chase with law enforcement officers with the Crawford County, Franklin County Sheriff's Departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The chase lasted over an hour and ended in Defendant being found in a person's detached garage. Upon his arrest, Defendant was charged with numerous offenses, including Felony Resisting Arrest, Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, and numerous traffic offenses in both Crawford and Franklin County. After various legal arguments in both jurisdictions and after a lengthy preliminary hearing, Matthew Radefeld was able to convince the Prosecution that they would not be successful at trial and the matter should be dismissed because of identification problems by the officers. The prosecutors agreed and all of the charges were eventually dropped.
  • St. Louis County wanted to lock a young man up for 20 years for a crime he did not commit. He was charged with assault in the 1st degree for allegedly shooting another young man at the Jennings High School. Dan Juengel and Tony Muhlenkamp interviewed all of the witnesses personally, took numerous depositions, and stressed the problems in the State's case to the prosecuting attorney's office. The State finally agreed to amend the charge and grant the young man probation. He currently is at home raising his young child.
  • In late 2008, felony gun charges against a St. Louis County man were dismissed by the judge. The man accused had a gun in his car and the police said that because he had a traffic warrant, he was a fugitive. Tony Muhlenkamp was able to convince the judge that the prosecution was misinterpreting the law.
  • Armed Criminal Action and Assault 2nd charges were refused by St. Charles County in November 2007. A man was accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend and a friend, and threatening his girlfriend with a loaded 9mm during an argument. After FJ&R conducted an investigation into the background of the alleged victims and presented damaging evidence of the alleged victims character, charges were refused by the prosecutor.
  • Assault charges against a St. Louis City man were dismissed by the prosecution in October 2007. The man was a day care operator charged with assaulting one of the children. After investigation by the FJ&R, the case against him was dismissed.
  • In August 2007, a St. Louis City man was charged with Domestic Assault. After pre-trial motion hearings, the state dismissed all charges against him. The defense was led by Matthew Radefeld.
  • In March 2007, a St. Louis City man charged with Assault in the Second Degree was acquitted by a jury. The complaining witness in the case had suffered a broken jaw from the attack, but evidence at the trial was presented that the accused was acting in self-defense. Matthew Radefeld handled the case for the defense.
  • A prison inmate, who had previously plead guilty to three counts of Assault in the First Degree and three counts of Armed Criminal Action in the City of St. Louis, was released from his period of incarceration based upon the filing of a Habeas Corpus Petition by the firm. In the hearing on the Petition, Matthew Radefeld was successful in arguing that not only was the inmate innocent of these charges, but also, the inmate's former plea of guilty was involuntary and was based upon a false promise made by the Circuit Attorney's Office. After serving three years of an eleven year sentence, the inmate was released from prison.
  • The Missouri Appeals Court-Eastern District, overturned an Order of Protection against a man accused of stalking his neighbor and the neighbor's son. The Court Determined that the Circuit Judge improperly applied the law and incorrectly granted an Order of Protection for the neighbor based solely on evidence of stalking the neighbor's son. Matthew Radefeld handled the case in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District.
  • A 21-year-old man was charged with Murder and Armed Criminal Action in St. Louis County. The State of Missouri claimed at trial that the Defendant argued with the victim and shot him in the head with a .22 caliber revolver. They claimed he hid the revolver and then fled the scene. The man then confessed to the police that he killed the victim. The Defense presented a psychiatric defense combined with a defense that the two men struggled over the gun before it accidentally went off. The defendant was found Not Guilty by the jury. Dan Juengel tried the case for the defense.
  • The firm defended Harold Richardson (a.k.a. Eddie Belk/Khalid Mahasin) on the charges of Murder in the First Degree, two counts of Armed Criminal Action, Possession of Drugs, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Richardson shot and killed a St. Louis City Police Officer while the officer and his partner were arresting Richardson on suspicion that he shot a Berkeley Police Officer two weeks earlier. Richardson was using the alias of Eddie Belk at the time because he had outstanding warrants from California for Statutory Rape. The State sought the Death Penalty in this high profile case. Dan Juengel handled the case with the assistance of Matthew Radefeld. The firm was able to successfully negotiate a plea agreement, saving the Defendant's life and avoiding the Death Penalty.
  • Dan Juengel defended a young man accused of murdering an off duty sheriff from the City of St. Louis. The sheriff was working as a bouncer at a bar off of Manchester Road in St. Louis City. The off-duty sheriff threw the defendant and his friends out of the bar after a disagreement erupted inside the drinking establishment. The State argued that the Defendant waited for the off-duty sheriff to leave and then shot him multiple times. The State presented an eyewitness and the defendant's tape recorded confession. Dan Juengel attacked the evidence and the confession during the three-and-a half-week trial. The defense presented two alibi witnesses and the Defendant never testified. After two days of deliberation, the jury found the Defendant not guilty of all charges.