District Judge Dennis Morris denied the request of defense attorney Jason May to suppress recorded statements taken from his client, Craig Stanford, during Ardmore police interrogations in May 2016.
In ruling, Morris found the recordings  — 4 in total — were made knowingly and voluntarily and without coercement and that law enforcement officials had informed the defendant of his constitutional right to remain silent in each instance. The ruling also states that Stanford on two occasions elected to waive his rights for the interrogations, finding that on one occasion, Stanford did not waive those rights but that the circumstances and the waiver of the rights the day prior “sufficiently informed and advised” Stanford of his rights.
Court documents also note that Stanford declined to answer a number of specific questions and on the fourth and final video interrogation in question—  at the 32:26 mark — Stanford requested a lawyer, ending the interrogation.
The court also ruled that all out-of-court statements made by the defendant would be admissible as evidence.
“There really weren’t any surprises when the judge issued his written decision yesterday regarding his rulings on the pre-trial motions in the Stanford case,” District Attorney Craig Ladd said. “In my opinion, the Court made the appropriate ruling on each of them.”
Stanford stands accused in the May 17, 2016 double-slaying of Aaron Lavers and Anthony Rogers. The charges carry a Bill of Particular, which allows the prosecution to seek the death penalty. Stanford is expected to face a jury trial in February.