The defendant is brought before a magistrate judge and learns about his rights and charges. There was no bail so he will be held in jail until the court date. The defendant pleaded not guilty.
A preliminary hearing is held. The prosecutor showed that there was probably cause and enough evidence. The judge then sets a trial date.
Both sides now need to plan and prepare for the trial. They gather evidence to prove that the defendant is either guilty or not guilty. The jurors are also chosen at this point. A plea bargain was offered but denied.
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The Trail has now started. Both sides need to prove their points. The prosecution proves the defendant is guilty while the defense disproves that. The jury found the defendant guilty. The defendant was sentenced to 25 years in prison.