Family dynamics are often complex and can be further complicated by members’ significant others. Unfortunately, a recent murder in in California has likely left three people considering their criminal defense. One of the people faces a murder charge as a result of the death of his mother’s boyfriend.

The incident that led to the arrests is said to have happened on a day in July. According to reports, a woman and her boyfriend — the alleged victim — argued at a hotel. The nature of the argument, including whether the woman may have felt her life was in danger, is unclear. Reports claim that the woman then called her 19-year-old son to help her. Police say that the son shot the boyfriend in the head upon his arrival.

The defendant’s mother and his girlfriend also face criminal charges in connection with the incident. Police claim that they lied about the incidents, including failing to identify the defendant as the shooter. They are suspected of false identification to a police officer and accessory.

All three recently pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Unfortunately, people facing criminal proceedings in California who do not have legal training often feel unprepared to make the decisions facing them. Fortunately, they have the right to an attorney, and an experienced criminal defense attorney can help guide them throughout the decisions that they are facing, potentially reducing some of the stress that they are likely feeling as they consider the choices that will likely have a significant impact on the rest of their lives.