Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Associated Press
BELFAST — The attorney for a Maine man charged with fatally shooting a Florida firefighter over a drug debt wants a judge to throw out statements his client allegedly made to police.
Jeffrey Silverstein told a Waldo County Superior Court judge Tuesday that statements 25-year-old Daniel Porter made to police in Connecticut last February should be inadmissible because Porter wasn't read his Miranda rights. A few days later, Porter was charged in Maine in the death of 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo, of Orange City, Fla.
WLBZ-TV reported that Silverstein told the judge that when Connecticut police questioned Porter in a hotel room, they didn't read him his rights because he wasn't under arrest and was free to leave at any time.
Porter has pleaded not guilty to murder.