Baby Death Oral Arguments

POSTED BY: News Department
Wednesday, April 17, 2002 - 12:21 PM
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The Muskingum College student charged in the death of her newborn baby was back in court Wednesday. Jennifer Bryant’s attorney Aaron Miller filed a motion to suppress statements his client gave to detectives. The oral argument was heard by Judge Howard Zwelling in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court. The argument surrounded what took place during the hours following Bryant’s baby being found dead in a dumpster and her being taken into custody and formally charged. During the 17 hour time frame, Assistant Prosecutor Robert Smith argued that Bryant was read her right twice, and both times signed away her right to an attorney. Miller argued that the conduct of the sheriff's department and prosecution was a violation of his clients right to due process. Judge Zwelling said he would take the case under advisement. Pending both sides written response, the decision is 6 weeks away.

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