ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's highest court has thrown out a Syracuse man's confession to killing his girlfriend although it was made with his lawyer present because it followed 49 hours of sleepless interrogation by tag teams of detectives.
The Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for James E. Guilford, convicted by a jury of murdering Sharon Nugent, who was last seen in 2007. Her body was never found.
Guilford, who had filed a missing person report and moved with their three children to Georgia, returned to Syracuse and was interrogated.
The court cites "the actual coercion inherent" in that questioning, concluding the eight hours Guilford later spent in a cell and the later presence of a defense attorney failed to remove the "taint of the wrongful police action."
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