STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – A judge will suppress about five minutes of statements a Stevens Point murder-for-hire suspect made to police from his trial next month.
The statements were made between the time Carlos Cummings was read his Miranda rights and the time he signed a form waiving his right to silence.
The decision was not a major setback for prosecutors, Portage County district attorney Tom Eagon said. He said they can find the content of the deleted statements from other parts of the police interview.
Cummings was interviewed twice at the police station on the same day Jim Glodowski of Rosholt was shot at a Stevens Point park.
Detectives arrested Cummings before questioning in the second interview began, but Cummings did not acknowledge his Miranda rights for about five minutes as he tried to figure out what information police knew.
Cummings will be tried January 12th for his role in a plot to kill Glodowski so he could continue an affair with Glodowski’s wife. Prosecutors allege Cummings drove the gunwoman to the crime scene, picked her up after the shooting and dropped her off at an area gas station.
Judge Thomas Flugaur will decide at a later date whether Cummings’ defense can have access to the gunwoman’s pre-sentence investigation. Flugaur will have to balance the defense’s need to prepare its case versus the need to protect the confidentiality of statements victims made to the pre-sentence investigator.