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Judge to rule on whether to allow Kirkland statements

By Corey McConnell - bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Accused serial killer Anthony Kirkland is awaiting judgement on recorded interviews he gave, and whether they'll be permitted in the trial against him.

Kirkland gave more than eight hours of recorded interviews to Cincinnati Police after he was arrested in connection with the disappearance and death of Esme Kenney.

The defense calls the recordings 'lengthy truthful statements' that they'd rather not be used at trial.

Eight Cincinnati Police Officers took the stand Monday to testify that Kirkland was read his rights several times before he sat down for interviews.

"It's really a credit to them when you've got a case as horrible as this they still take a deep breath read his rights get him something to eat make sure he's comfortable," said Hamilton County assistant prosecutor Mark Piepmeier.

The witnesses who testified said that at no point did Kirkland ask for an attorney, or ask to stop the interview. In fact, officers said Kirkland wanted to talk.

"He was thoughtful when he responded," said Cincinnati police officer Keith Witherell. "He was fully aware of his rights from and he provided enormous detail that only he would know."

That detail is the reason the defense filed the motion to suppress the interview.

"The best possible spin you could put in it was that he told them what he did. He didn't lie, didn't say, 'I don't want to talk to you,'" said Kirkland's attorney, Norm Aubin.

The judge is going to review the transcripts and recordings on his own and then decide what he'll allow at trial. Trial is scheduled to begin in late October.

Defense attorneys would like to separate out Kirkland's four murder charges and try the murders two at a time, but prosecutors argue that the cases are too similar to be separated..

The judge said he'll rule on that motion within a week.

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