Written by Stryder Wegener
A man from Everett is facing attempted murder charges after using an opioid spray on his ex-girlfriend. Police reports say that Zachary Madding held his ex-girlfriend down and forced her to ingest several different drugs. The laws governing attempted murder charges can be confusing. A knowledgeable attempted murder lawyer can help you understand the intricacies of attempted murder or homicide charges if you’re facing accusations of such offenses.
Murder charges often encompass a wide array of acts. If you’re facing charges in connection with such a crime, a murder defense lawyer can help you understand your situation. At Emerald City Law Group, we can help explain the charges against you in addition to the possible defenses in your case. Contact us today at 206-973-0407 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
Bail Set at $500,000 for Attempted Murder Charge
Zachary Madding, 28, remains in jail as an investigation into his attempted murder charge takes place. His bail has been set at $500,000. According to police reports, Madding and his ex-girlfriend were at a Mukilteo hotel where he held her down on a bed and forced Xanax down her throat. He also reportedly sprayed fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid, up her nose.
Charges Come From Near Overdose
The victim said Madding sprayed the fentanyl in her nose approximately 15 times. She survived the forced ingestion of drugs, and eventually alerted others of the situation before falling unconscious. She was close to an overdose when found, and law enforcement had to administer naloxone, the anti-overdose drug, to revive her.
Investigation for Criminal Attempt
Madding will remain in jail while he is investigated for attempted murder. In Washington, to be guilty of attempting a crime you must have the intent to commit the actual offense. With this intent, any act that is a substantial step towards completing that wrongdoing is an attempt.
Madding’s investigation hinges on two pieces of information. The first is whether he had the intent to kill his ex-girlfriend. To be guilty of attempted murder, his actions must have been committed with the intent of causing death. Second, Madding’s actions must be considered a significant step in causing his victim’s death. Even if her demise had been his goal, his actions could not be considered a criminal attempt if they were not a significant step towards completing the crime.
Your Options if You’re Facing a Homicide Charge
The criminal justice system can be an intimidating place. Investigations surrounding someone else’s death can feel just as daunting. You may feel that no options are available to you, or that you’re left with nowhere to turn. This is not the case. Homicide is a broad category of offense. A skilled attorney with the right experience and knowledge can find where in that category your case falls.
An attempted murder lawyer can help you understand your case and possible defenses. At Emerald City Law Group, we know how to provide you with the aggressive defense you deserve. If you’ve been charged with, or are being investigated for attempted murder offense in or around King County, contact us at 206-973-0407 today to schedule a free, initial evaluation of your case.