Lawyer: Client in Central Point Murder Too Drunk to Waive Miranda Rights

Susan King is the suspect in the murder of her husband, Duane King. Her lawyer says that, at the time of her arrest, Susan was too drunk to understand her Miranda rights.

Posted: Aug. 17, 2018 12:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The suspect in a Central Point murder case was too drunk at the time of her arrest to comprehend her Miranda rights, according to arguments from her lawyer.

In court documents, defense lawyer Michael Bertholf claims that Susan King was "arrested, handcuffed and read Miranda rights in a somewhat haphazard way" when officers pulled her over in her driveway after responding to reports of shots fired.

Officers reportedly found Susan King's husband, Duane King, shot in the doorway of their trailer.

Police detectives had Susan King transported to the hospital to hospital for a blood alcohol test. The test results indicated a BAC of .228 percent—nearly three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

"It is remarkable the defendant was even in a position to carry on a conversation and is clear from the bodycam footage that she barely understood what was happening," Bertholf argued.

Bertholf filed a motion with the court to suppress all statements provided by Susan King to the police after her arrest.

Susan King has pleaded not guilty in the murder of her husband, a DUII charge, and eluding police.

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