Teen charged in girl’s slaying wants statements excluded
One of two former Virginia Tech students charged in the slaying of a seventh-grade girl is seeking to have statements she made to police thrown out.
Lawyers for Natalie Keepers argue in a motion filed last week that incriminating statements 19-yearold made while police searched for 13-year-old Nicole Lovell should be excluded, The Roanoke Times reported.
The motion will be considered during hearings next month.
Ms. Keepers is charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide Lovell’s body.
David Eisenhauer, 19, is charged with first-degree murder, abduction and hiding Lovell’s body.
Their trials are scheduled in March. Both face up to life in prison.
Lovell was found dead in January, days after authorities say she sneaked out to rendezvous with the older teens.
If the judge agrees to discard Ms. Keepers’ statements, jurors would not hear about Ms. Keepers’ description of her link with Mr. Eisenhauer, or about her confession to helping hide Lovell’s body.
Defense attorney Kris Olin argues in the motion that any physical evidence found because of Ms. Keepers’ statements should be removed too.
Mr. Olin contends that police violated Ms. Keepers’ constitutional rights by questioning her for more than 15 hours before advising her that she could remain silent or speak to an attorney.
Police picked up Ms. Keepers on the morning of Jan. 30 and quizzed her at the Blacksburg Police Department, until she was charged after 2 a.m. the next day, according to the motion.