It definitely flows the best
BQ: Alana Harper is cute but I definitely prefer Harper as a boys name
and I personally would prefer something more feminine
Also, Alana and Lawson would make a cute sibset
I hope you don't mean Alana Lawson as a first and middle name combo
Add two eye witnesses and a confession, and defense attorney will still "defend" the case, that is what they get paid to do. However, as the odds get increasingly worse, a smart attorney will do damage control, and work a plea deal. It's tough to do with a Murder, but there is always some BS way to negotiate a plea to 3rd degree for a 20 to 40.
In my just about 40 years in law enforcement, the worst cases I have ever seen is where some nit wit, crusading defense attorney takes Trial instead of a plea on solid gold loser, and their poor client gets sent to the moon instead of time served.
In your scenario, the first weak link would be the fingerprint evidence. What other time might he have handled the gun and left prints on it? The "age' of fingerprints cannot be determined.
The blood and gun shot residue are tougher. Is it the VICTIM's blood? If so, what other explanation could there be for it. If it can't be identified as the VICTIM's blood, it is irrelevevant. Gunshot residue is non-specific. Could he have fired another gun?
First best moveis to try to get the evidence excluded during a suppression hearing. How did the police come into possession of the defendant's clothes. A search warrant? Consent? Were there any defects in how it was obtained? If so, it can be excluded as evidence. No blood, no gunshot residue, no case.
Of course, you have to explore the avenue of alibi defense. You contend that no matter what the evdience shows, it can be shown for certain that the defendant was some place else (tough one, and rarely works and it usually involves at least one lying alibi witness).
Then of course ,there is self defense. Of course he shot him, it was in self defense. The defendant was so upset, he didn't call 9-1-1, he just left the scene.
Or the good old "soddi" defense, some other dude did it. The defendant was standing there, right next to the gun, when this other guy (whose name he doesn't know) shot the VICTIM. Of course he got blood and gunshot residue on him. And he picked up the gun for a second in a panic. He doesn't know where that other guy went.