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Judge rules statements allowed at Lima murder trial


August 25. 2013 8:12AM
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LIMA — A judge refused to toss statements or evidence in the case of a man charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend.



Timothy Brown asked Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed to throw out statements captured on body microphones officers wear with their uniforms. He said he was not advised of his Constitutional rights before talking in the presence of officers.



The judge ruled differently.



Brown is charged in the Oct. 3 slaying of his 32-year-old girlfriend, Valeda Thomas, at 218 W. Murphy St. She died of a single gunshot to the head. He is charged with murder and a weapons violation.



Lt. Brian Leary has said Brown started talking while Leary was driving him to police headquarters shortly after the slaying.



“It was, ‘I should have listened to my mother. I should have left that girl. She was going to try to shoot me,’” Leary said.



Lima Police officer Zach Carpenter has said Brown was upset and crying at the crime scene.



“He was saying he was sorry and made comments about not wanting to live any more,” Carpenter said.



On Tuesday, Reed also allowed into evidence blood collected from Brown’s hands. The judge also denied defense motions to try to prevent testimony from a coroner and two state crime lab experts on gunshot residue and ballistic test results.



Brown is scheduled to stand trial June 11.





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