February 5, 2013
LIMA — An attorney representing a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend questioned Lima police officers Monday, trying to show they violated his client’s constitutional rights.
Timothy Brown’s attorney, Greg Donohue, asked each officer whether he had advised Brown of his constitutional rights, known as a Miranda warning.
The only officer that read a Miranda warning was a detective who took a statement from Brown.
Brown is charged in the Oct. 3 slaying of 32-year-old Valeda Thomas at 218 W. Murphy St. She died of a single gunshot wound to her head.
Thomas had a protection order against Brown. Investigators said the shooting may have been the result of a domestic dispute.
Donohue questioned officers on the various ways they collected evidence. Officers took a swabbing of Brown’s mouth for DNA evidence; collected his clothing, which had blood on it; and took a swabbing of his hands for gunpowder residue.
A detective also was questioned on a search warrant he obtained for the house that was the crime scene.
Judge Jeffrey Reed ordered both sides to submit written arguments on whether the evidence should be allowed in. Brown is scheduled to stand trial March 26.
There remains one more hearing on the admissibility of evidence including blood and audio tape recordings.