Written By: Ishton W. Morton – July 7th, 2019
After weeks of carefully deliberating the story “Husband charged with killing his wife, and (3) three other family members in West Chester, Ohio I’m fully convinced that there is enormous merit to the ecclesiastical presupposition as given in the account Jeremiah 17:9 of King James Bible which articulated; “And the heart (soul) of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
Under the U. S. Constitution the presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial. Also, under the presumption of innocence, the legal burden of proof is thus on the prosecution, which must be collected and presented in compelling evidence to the Trier of fact. The Trier of fact (a judge or a jury) is thus restrained and ordered by law to consider only actual evidence and testimony presented in court. The prosecution must, in the majority of all cases has proven that the accused is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. If reasonable doubt remains, the accused must be acquitted.
Reportedly on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 police said; “A man has been arrested in connection with a quadruple homicide in West Chester, Ohio.”
According to the report Gurpreet Singh is identified as the man who initially called 911 to report the slayings and is the husband of one of the slain victims has been arrested.
Subsequently, authorities says, friends and family relieved by the arrest in West Chester quadruple homicide case that the 37-year-old Singh was placed under arrest in Connecticut and faces four aggravated murder charges. He called 911 on April 28 to report the killings of the four family members.
Subsequently, Singh is the husband of Shalinderjit Kaur, who was found shot three times in the head. Kaur’s parents — Hakiakat Singh Pannag and Parmjit Kaur. Also killed was Amarjit Kaur along with her aunt.
Reportedly, authorities said the victims were shot a total of 18 times inside an apartment at the Lakefront at West Chester, Ohio. All but one of the shots were to their heads.
Apparently, a preliminary autopsy released back in May shows how the nature of gruesome the slayings.
According to the report; Hakiakat Singh Pannag was found lying on his left side in his bed. He had been shot eight times in the head. His wife, Parmjit Kaur, had been shot five times. Four gunshot wounds were to the head and one was to an arm. She was found on the living room floor.
It is extremely difficult to fathom at what level in one’s mind that a person could be driven commit such diabolical acts, and called 911 to report it themselves. If true such a person is devilish in nature.
Now prosecutors has said they will seeking the death penalty. This is when evidence that is beyond reasonable doubt is become the standard of evidence that will be required to validate a criminal conviction in most adversarial legal systems.
As a generally rule prosecutors bear the burden of proof and are required to prove their version of events to this standard.
For all practical purposes, this means that the proposition being presented by the prosecution must be proven to the extent that there could be no “reasonable doubt” in the mind of a “reasonable person” that the defendant is guilty.
However, still there can be a doubt, but only to the extent that it would not affect a reasonable person’s belief regarding whether or not the defendant is guilty.
Legal minds believes beyond “the shadow of a doubt” is sometimes used interchangeably with beyond reasonable doubt, but this extends beyond the latter, to the extent that it may be considered a next to impossible standard (though at times at a trial the person is guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, usually in such situations a plea bargain takes place to give the guilty some leniency in exchange for the time and money a trial would cost both sides).
Nonetheless, autopsy reports for all four suggested that rigor mortis had set in, and that the victims had dead for a while before they were found by a family member.
Additionally, Shalinderjit Kaur suffered three gunshot wounds to the head. Her body was discovered in the dining room.
Amarjit Kaur, was shot twice in the head. Her body was located near her sister’s, in the living room.
Moreover, investigators said; “the victims were well known in the Cincinnati area’s Sikh community.
Reportedly, relatives of the victims have reached out to the Indian government asking that they get involved with the homicide investigation.
Accordingly, Jasdeep Singh, Amarjit Kaur’s son in their struggles of dealing with this crime have said; “We want only justice. We are demanding the Indian government that they should talk to (the) American government. It’s been two months, and it’s really a shock. We are in shock for (the) last two months.”
Correspondingly on Sunday in Punjab, India Singh led a march for justice. Hundreds of people, including many from the Sikh community, attended.
Also, In a statement written by Barb Wilson a spokeswoman for the West Chester Township said; “West Chester police investigators continue to follow countless leads and gather evidence aided by multiple agencies, the community and those who knew the victims. It is critical to the investigation that details and evidence be carefully guarded in order to preserve the integrity of the case, the identification of a potential suspect and future prosecution.
She continued to say; “Police Chief Joel Herzog wants everyone to know that the victims and their families, here and in India, are very much on the minds of officers as the investigation continues. This case will continue to be our top priority until those who committed this crime are held accountable.”
OH! Dryly, according to the Branford police journal, 37 year-old Gurpreet Singh was staying at 13 Pent Road in Branford, Connecticut before his arrest at Walmart located a short distance from Pent Road.
Yes! “And the heart (soul) of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
I will be following this case!!!