- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge in Sacramento has rejected a move to bar evidence that authorities say links a disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney with a kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax.

Prosecutors say U.S. District Court Judge Troy Nunley Thursday denied Matthew Muller’s motion to suppress evidence. Muller is accused of kidnapping Denise Huskins from her Vallejo home in March 2015. He has pleaded not guilty.

His attorney, Thomas Johnson, said investigators found evidence after an unlawful search of a cellphone that was left at a burglary scene.

The phone was traced to Muller, and authorities say a subsequent search of a car and home linked to him turned up a laptop that resembled one Huskins had and other items.

Johnson said he was not planning to appeal Nunley’s decision.

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