The Lascar was known to be a man of the vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair’s story, he was known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few seconds of her husband’s appearance at the window, he could hardly have been more than an accessory to the crime. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
He was charged with being an accessory to the crime.
You`re under arrest, suspected of being an accessory to murder and attempted murder.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet`s Nest
And he`ll cop to it, once he realizes paying blackmail`s a lot less dicey than accessory to murder.”
J.D. Robb -- Naked in Death
There was also the chance that the authorities might charge him with being an accessory to the crime.