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Murder suspect's lawyers want confession thrown out

Police say he admitted to shooting and killing a 63-year-old man.

However, attorneys for a Clark County murder suspect have asked a judge to throw that confession out.

They say 23-year-old Justin Spicer asked for an attorney during police interviews, but was denied.

Spicer is accused of killing Dallas Hall at Hall's home in May. Along with murder, Spicer is charged with burglary and tampering with evidence.

During a hearing Wednesday morning, two Clark County sheriff's deputies were called to testify.

Spicer's attorneys and prosecutors questioned the deputies, as video of the recorded interviews with Spicer were played.

Spicer's attorneys say any statement or confession from their client should be thrown out because Spicer indicated in the interviews that he wanted to talk to a lawyer.

"He didn't say it one time, he didn't say it two times, or three times. I can count four times the word 'lawyer' was used in his June 2nd interview," David Ward, Spicer's attorney, said. "And instead of the conversation being immediately stopped, there were some additional statements made by the person questioning him."

Spicer himself took the stand Wednesday, testifying that when the deputies told him he could go see his grandparents, he agreed to continue talking to them.

Prosecutors say Spicer was too ambiguous in the interviews, and never clearly stated he wanted a lawyer.

They say the sheriff's deputies did what was right, and any confession should be kept in the case.

Spicer's attorneys now have a couple of weeks to file their motion to throw out evidence.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for next week, but attorneys say that hearing will just be to set dates for future court appearances.


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