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Man faces charges for his actions on neighbor's property

A person's property is his or her own place to enjoy the things he or she wants to do. For people who have dogs, placing dog pens on the property is way to keep the dogs contained and safe so that they aren't running all around. Recently, a man heard constant barking from his dogs in their pen. When the man investigated, he found another man hiding behind the pen with a bag of bacon, a camouflage mask and a handgun.

The man who sneaked onto the property claimed to have been relaxing. Police officers were called to the scene after the man wouldn't answer the dogs' owner's calls to him. The alleged trespasser is said to have had alcohol on his breath. Investigators noted that an oily substance covered the bag of bacon. It wasn't clear if the substance was poisonous or not.

The man who was found behind the dog pen is facing charges for public intoxication and trespassing. His case will go to the grand jury to help determine how to proceed with the case.

A grand jury differs from a trial jury in the criminal justice system. The grand jury considers all the evidence in a case to determine if criminal charges are appropriate; however, the grand jury's decision isn't binding. A trial jury decides a person's guilt or innocence based on the evidence presented during trial.

As odd as this case might seem, the man is facing some very serious charges for what he is said to have done. It is important for him to begin working on his defense so that he is ready if the case makes its way to trial.

Source: Fox News, "Virginia man charged with trespassing on property carrying suspicious bacon," Jan. 20, 2016

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