Ark. judge allows 'admission' to be used in trial

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    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Benton County Circuit Court judge will allow prosecutors to use a man's alleged admission that he killed another man as evidence in his murder trial.

    Judge Jon Comstock ruled Friday that Darin Etherton's statement about the death of Brent Test was spontaneous. 

    The Northwest Arkansas Times Reports (http://bit.ly/HtTEwc) Etherton is charged with capital murder in the Test's May 20 killing.

    Etherton's attorney, Drew Miller, wanted to keep prosecutors from using Etherton's statement to Cpl. Justin Crane as evidence. He was being held in jail on charges unrelated to the murder case when Crane says Etherton made his "spontaneous admission."

    Miller asked Crane why he hadn't warned Etherton about his rights. Crane said he didn't question Etherton about the case.

    Miller didn't immediately return a call Saturday seeking comment.



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