February 13, 2013

Maine murder suspect wants statements thrown out

The Associated Press

BELFAST — The attorney for a Maine man charged with fatally shooting a Florida firefighter over a drug debt wants a judge to throw out statements his client allegedly made to police.

Jeffrey Silverstein told a Waldo County Superior Court judge Tuesday that statements 25-year-old Daniel Porter made to police in Connecticut last February should be inadmissible because Porter wasn't read his Miranda rights. A few days later, Porter was charged in Maine in the death of 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo, of Orange City, Fla.

WLBZ-TV reported that Silverstein told the judge that when Connecticut police questioned Porter in a hotel room, they didn't read him his rights because he wasn't under arrest and was free to leave at any time.

Porter has pleaded not guilty to murder.

 

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