Say a murder is committed. The DA indicts someone, who is tried, and found not guilty by a jury of his peers.
Is it possible that after some more police investigations, the DA can then indict a second suspect?
If so, would it still be possible if suspect 1 had been convicted?
I'm trying to ascertain the boundaries around something that isn't exactly double jeopardy but looks like it: the idea that you can't have two trials for the same offense. I realize it makes sense to indict two persons for the same murder: if me and my friend kill my wife together, we've both committed murder. But it's not the same thing here: it's not an act that suspects 1 and 2 are alledged to have committed together, it's one and only act that they're separately accused of committing alone.
Could the state indict an infinite series of citizens for the same offense? Even if prior indictments resulted in conviction?