- Associated Press - Saturday, August 19, 2017

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors say they can’t provide handwritten notes taken during the police interrogation of a homeless man charged in the drowning death of a woman because the notes have been destroyed.

Authorities in Lackawanna County allege that 25-year-old Ryan Taylor was arguing with Danee Mower on Feb. 28 death and flipped her backward into the Lackawanna River, where the coroner said she died of hypothermia and drowning. Defense attorney Matthew Comerford is challenging a police detective’s testimony that Taylor wept and confessed when told that Mower was dead.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (https://bit.ly/2v1ww9l ) reports that Comerford sought handwritten notes jotted down by police during the alleged confession, but police and prosecutors said such notes are routinely destroyed once they are used to generate a police report.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/

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