- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - A judge has ruled that statements made by a suspect in a fatal December shooting can be used at trial because the man never asked for an attorney and agreed to the interview.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KqjnuH) 26-year-old Kenyatta Bridges faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder in the December death of Lorenzo “Richie” Fernandez Jr.

Judge Carrie Runge’s ruling Thursday came weeks after listening to testimony about conversations leading up to Bridges’ arrest.

The defense argued that Bridges’ statements were based on lack of probable cause, a false confession and misconduct by a Paso police detective.

But Runge said Detective Tony Aceves wasn’t obligated to notify Bridges’ lawyer following the suspect’s arrest because the suspect said he didn’t have a lawyer and he agreed to the recorded interrogation.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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