Judge: Defendant's interviews admissible in murder trial
Feb. 12, 2018
FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — A Maryland judge says a West Virginia woman's interviews with police are admissible in her upcoming murder trial.
Megan Shaffer's attorney Stephen R. Tully asked the court to suppress Shaffer's interviews with police as they were involuntary. But The Cumberland Times-News reports Garrett County Administrative Judge Raymond Strubin issued an opinion last week saying there is "absolutely no evidence" supporting that claim, as Shaffer was advised of her Miranda rights and voluntarily waived them during each of her three interviews with police.
Shaffer has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and assisting to commit or attempt to commit suicide for the death of 24-year-old Alexander Stevens, of Maryland. Stevens was found at the bottom of a cliff last January, naked and with his throat slashed.
Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html