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    Convict but still suspected?

    Dear all

    The following is from a newspaper article.

    What I dont understand is the existance of both words convict and suspected. To me, if a person is convicted, he no longer is a suspect. Likewise, if a person is a suspected, he is not convicted.

    Am I right?


    GRANITE CITY, Ill. - Police and FBI agents captured an ex-convict suspected of killing eight people in two states as he smoked a cigarette outside of a southwestern Illinois bar Tuesday night.

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    Re: Convict but still suspected?

    Police and FBI agents captured an ex-convict suspected of killing eight people in two states as he smoked a cigarette outside of a southwestern Illinois bar Tuesday night.

    I think you are confused with the two meanings of the word 'convict' viz.

    1. to prove guilty of an offence after a legal trial
    2. a prisoner

    'Convict' in the sentence refers to the former i.e. the former (ex) convict is not convicted yet until he has been trialed in court.

    not a teacher


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    Re: Convict but still suspected?

    tedtmc

    Thanks for your answer

    I am still confused a bit

    then, what is the purpose in putting the ex-convict in the sentence?

    If the sentence is changed to

    Police and FBI agents captured a suspect of killing eight people in two states as he smoked a cigarette outside of a southwestern Illinois bar Tuesday night

    Does it has different meaning?

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    Re: Convict but still suspected?

    Quote Originally Posted by knowwhat View Post
    tedtmc

    Thanks for your answer

    I am still confused a bit

    then, what is the purpose in putting the ex-convict in the sentence?

    If the sentence is changed to

    Police and FBI agents captured a suspect of killing eight people in two states as he smoked a cigarette outside of a southwestern Illinois bar Tuesday night

    Does it has different meaning?
    They are making the point that while he is a suspect in this case of murder, he has previously been convicted of another crime for which he has, presumably, served a prison sentence.


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    Re: Convict but still suspected?

    bhaisahab

    thanks for your explanation

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