Defendant was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his mother, along with charges of abandonment of a corpse, tampering with evidence, and animal abuse. Defendant was sentenced to life without parole. On appeal, defendant challenged the denial of his motion to suppress his inculpatory statements to police.
Where defendant’s interactions with police evidenced an intent to speak with police following satisfaction of defendant’s conditions, the trial court correctly found that defendant never unequivocally invoked his right to remain silent and therefore did not err in denying his motion to suppress his statements to police.
Judgment is affirmed.
State v. Howland ((MLW No. 73418/Case No. SD35351 – 8 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Rahmeyer, J.) Appealed from Circuit Court, New Madrid County, Copeland, J. (Ellen H. Flottman for Appellant) (Nathan Jeremy Aquino for Respondent)