- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Evidence in the case against a Rockford man charged with killing four people, including two children, has survived a legal challenge from defense attorneys who alleged it was seized illegally.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1E8alkI ) Winnebago County Judge John Truitt ruled on Thursday that Rockford police detectives didn’t violate laws when they entered a home where suspect Calvin L. Carter III had lived.

The judge says they could check if Carter was there before getting a search warrant.

Carter is charged in the December 2014 slayings of 24-year-old Martia Flint; her boyfriend, 24-year-old Demontae Rhodes; and Flint’s two sons, 6-year-old Tyrone Smith III and 4-year-old Tobias K. Smith. They were found dead in a Rockford apartment. Carter also faces home invasion among other crimes.

He has pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com


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