Teen charged in girl’s slay­ing wants state­ments ex­cluded

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

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.

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