- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - A Saline County judge will determine if statements a teenager gave to investigators hours after her sister was killed can be admitted at trial.

The Salina Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Sg5xjB ) the hearing in Saline County court is to determine if statements Sierra Niehaus gave to investigators hours after her sister was killed last summer will be allowed at her trial.

Judge Patrick Thompson on Tuesday evaluated hours of video recordings of three interviews investigators had with then 14-year-old Niehaus on Aug. 1, 2014.

Niehaus, now 15, is charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her 13-year-old sister, Galazia, at the family home in Saline County.

Defense lawyers want the statements suppressed and are also seeking a change of venue for her trial.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, https://www.salina.com


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