Justin McShane Defends High Profile Pennsylvania Homicide

A lot of people don’t realize how mistake-prone the legal system really is.  I have been defending Pennsylvania DUI and criminal cases for many years and can tell you that there are many mistakes made.  People are mistakenly identified, falsely charged and wrongfully convicted.  If you don’t believe me take a look at the innocenceproject.org . To date they have helped exonerate 258 people who were convicted of crimes they did not commit.

I am currently defending  Tyshaunt Love of Harrisburg who was convicted of the 1996 murder of his ex-girlfriend Iris Belcher.  Love has spent the last five years in jail after he was convicted of third-degree murder in 2005.  Dauphin County Judge Bruce Bratton sentenced Love to 15 to 30 years in prison.

Matthew Kemeny of The Patriot-News, did a piece on this case:

Harrisburg man convicted of murder claims innocence, says another man confessed to the slaying

If Tyshaunt Love killed his ex-girlfriend, why did someone else reportedly confess to the slaying?

And why didn’t the Dauphin County jury that convicted Love know this?

An attorney for the Harrisburg man convicted of the 1996 murder of Iris Fennell Belcher will ask for a new trial today, based on what he believes was insufficient evidence presented to the jury at trial.

“I don’t know if he did it or didn’t do it,” said Justin McShane, who is representing Love in his appeal. “But I know this: That jury didn’t get all the information. All he and I are asking for is to make it fair.”

Prison CellThe major point of contention here is that two men heard a confessions made by La-Qun Williams admitting that he killed Belcher.  However, the Dauphin County jury never got to hear evidence about the confessions because the public defenders representing Love at the time were not able to get Williams to appear in court.  Williams at the time was incarcerated in New York and the public defenders were unaware of the legal options available to compel him to appear in their case.

My argument here is that William’s confessions when examined along with:

  1. forensic evidence connecting him to the crime scene – Belcher’s blood on his boots and
  2. a very good motive- he blames Belcher for snitching on him in a 1995 rape case that got him a 25 year sentence

This is major evidence in this case.  This evidence needs to be carefully examined in a trial.  This is why I am pushing for a new trial, so the jury can make a determination based on all of the evidence available.

This is what defense attorneys all across the country do every day.  We push to have all of the evidence fully and properly examined so juries can make their determinations based on the truth.  Whether its DUI, homicide, assault or any other charge, every one of us is carrying out our own innocence project.

Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Avvo.com. Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

One response to “Justin McShane Defends High Profile Pennsylvania Homicide”

  • Having a dedicated defense attorney can make all the difference in the world. Unfortunately, the old adage that money buys the best defense is often true. While most public defenders work hard for their clients, they are often woefully underpaid and do not have the experience or resources to handle complex cases such as murder and manslaughter cases. These cases normally have voluminous discovery and complex forensic reports. Private investigators, blood spatter experts, DNA experts and other experts are often needed to successfully defend these cases.

    As an experienced criminal defense attorney in Maine, I can attest to the complexity of the type of case that Attorney McShane is facing. However, I have no doubt that Attorney McShane will leave no stone unturned and will do his client justice. Good luck Justin.

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