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Criminal Law Supreme Court Slip Opinion

by Booth, George

 

SC20439 - State v. Griffin (Murder; Search and seizure; Whether coercive interrogation rendered defendant's confession involuntary; Whether trial court properly deemed warrantless search justified under exigent circumstances doctrine; "On October 14, 2013, the victim, Nathaniel Bradley, was fatally shot by someone who was attempting to rob him. After receiving a tip from a confidential informant, the police focused their investigation on the defendant, Bobby Griffin. The police discovered the rifle used in the murder hidden in the attic of the defendant's residence. After a three hour and thirty-eight minute interrogation, the defendant confessed that he shot and killed the victim while attempting to rob him. The defendant was convicted, following a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a (a), criminal attempt to commit robbery in the first degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-134 (a) (2) and 53a-49 (a) (2), and conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-134 (a) (2) and 53a-48 (a). The defendant also was convicted, following a trial to the court, of criminal possession of a firearm in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 2013) § 53a-217 (a) (1), as amended by No. 13-3, § 44, of the 2013 Public Acts (P.A. 13-3).

In this direct appeal, the defendant claims that the trial court improperly denied his motions to suppress (1) the firearm and related evidence seized from his residence, which he claims were discovered as a result of an unlawful search, and (2) the incriminating statements he made during his interrogation at the police station, which he claims were involuntary. We disagree with the defendant's claims and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the trial court.")

  • SC20439 - State v. Griffin Concurrence and Dissent
  • SC20439 - State v. Griffin Second Concurrence