Shawn Osborne: Judge Denies Motion to Suppress Statement

29-year-old Shawn Osborne faces a 1st Degree Murder charge for allegedly killing Gerald Bloom in January.
29-year-old Shawn Osborne faces a 1st Degree Murder charge for allegedly killing Gerald Bloom in January.

A motion hearing for 29-year-old Sheridan resident Shawn Osborne was held in 4th Judicial District Court Thursday. Osborne is charged with 1st Degree Murder for the alleged killing of Gerald Bloom in Sheridan on January 15, 2010.

Osborne's defense attorney, Robert Jones, filed a Motion to Suppress statements made by his client, because he argued that Osborne was denied his request for legal representation during an interview at the Sheridan Police Department.

Prosecuting Attorney Matt Redle countered that while being interviewed by detectives, Osborne's request was unequivocal as Osborne stopped during the interrogation and stated that “this is the part where I think I need an attorney...don't you think”? Detective Scott Brastrup and Special Agent Chad Quarterman both stated to Osborne that they were not inclined to give him legal advice.

After several more questions from the detectives, Osborne again asked for an attorney, this time it was a clear statement and Quarterman and Brastrup ended the interview immediately.

Redle played a video of the interview for the Court that lasted approximately fifteen minutes. Following the video, District Court Judge John Fenn ruled that the first time Osborne mentioned an attorney, it was not a clear statement as it was worded as a question, thus denying the defense's motion to suppress. Judge Fenn also denied a Change of Venue motion, saying that the Court will take the motion under advisement in the future.

Osborne's 1st Degree Murder Trial is set to take place November 15th through the 19th.

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