Prosecuting a murder suspect

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A couple of weeks ago in my neck of the woods, there was a guy that went on a 2-state killing spree. In all he killed one person in Huntsville, AL and five more in Fayetville, TN. The first murder occured in Huntsville, but TN is getting first crack at trying this guy for murder. Why is that?
 
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Perhaps the prosecutors from the jurisdictions in AL and TN got together, and concluded they may have a stronger case and a better shot at convicting him for the five in TN?
 
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 Originally Posted By: CivicFan
If he was caught in Tennessee then they will have a priority of prosecuting him.
Yes, they have him, they have the initiative. AL would have a tough time forcing TN to turn him over if they wanted to fight about it. These sorts of things can be sorted out any number of different ways. Factors that may come into play would be things like how politically hot the case is, how much money it will cost to prosecute, whether the laws in one jurisdiction make it easier or harder to convict, relative strength of evidence, witness issues, and so forth. In all likelihood, this guy is never going to see the light of day ever again. Perhaps AL authorities should sit back and see what happens. If he picks up a couple consecutive life sentences, or death sentences, the need for AL to spend a couple mil to prosecute him may fade in importance. In the end, does it really matter whether TN or AL owns the needle?
 

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 Originally Posted By: ekpolk
...In the end, does it really matter whether TN or AL owns the needle?
Not really. I was just curious about how it is determined who gets the first crack at him.
 

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 Originally Posted By: wavinwayne
The first murder occured in Huntsville, but TN is getting first crack at trying this guy for murder. Why is that?
Was he caught in TN? It works like finders keepers - TN will try him first, and AL will get to try him after that. 2 or more murders in one event is a capital offense here - needle or chair, defendants choice ....
 
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