Orange County Man Who Killed Girlfriend's Mother: Police Cheated For Confession

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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After turning 18 years old days earlier, Brian Paul Landry broke into his teenage girlfriend's Santa Ana home while wearing a mask in Sept. 2008, fired three shots into the skull of the girl's mother as she prepared food in the kitchen, shoved a knife deep into the woman's neck and then sent a text message to the slain woman's daughter.

"It's done," the message read.

Following a 2010 trial, Orange County homicide prosecutor Larry Yellin won a murder conviction and two years later Superior Court Judge Patrick Donahue sentenced Landry, a Tustin resident, to prison.

But the defendant appealed his case, claiming Santa Ana Police Department detectives tricked him into talking about the crime--specifically, that his girlfriend repeatedly stated she wanted her mother killed--without giving him an appropriate Miranda warning.

It was true that veteran detectives Dean Fulcher and Frank Fajardo, two officers with a long list of notable accomplishments, got Landry to voluntarily sit for an interview inside the police department and didn't issue the warning in advance.

As the meeting progressed, Fulcher gave the suspect the Miranda warning that he could remain silent and seek the presence of a lawyer.

Landry acknowledged the warning and eventually confessed to the brutal killing of Darlene Saddler.

He claims the confession should have been excluded from evidence as tainted because the warning was tardy.

A three-justice panel at the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered Landry's argument and in an opinion issued late last month noted concern about police tactics designed to circumvent the impact of Miranda warnings.

But the panel--justices Raymond J. Ikola, Richard M. Aronson and David A. Thompson--ultimately concluded that the detectives hadn't forced the confession and, thus, didn't violate Landry's constitutional rights.

(Substantial DNA evidence collected at the bloody crime scene linked to the defendant.)

Upshot: Landry, now 23, will continue to serve his 25 years to life punishment inside Calipatria State Prison.

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TP_HB
TP_HB

If he voluntarily talked to the police no Miranda Rights need to be issued since he was not put into that situation but VOLUNTEERED, therefore his freedom of movement was not restricted to the point where he was under arrest, because he VOLUNTEERED (look up Custodial Situation Morons). Since he was already stupid enough to kill someone, I can guarantee he was stupid enough to sit down and talk to cops.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

What a friggin' baby. He killed his girlfriend's mom and then has the nuts to complain about his rights be violated.  

Upshot:  Baby face will have lots of friends in the slammer.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Never talk to the police". When you call them they investigate you not the person that you're complaining about.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"Santa Ana Police Department detectives tricked him into talking about the crime--specifically, that his girlfriend repeatedly stated she wanted her mother killed--without giving him an appropriate Miranda warning".

"80 percent of all cops are criminals and they violate the laws while they are on duty". They are paid to do anything in thier powers to facilitate an arrest.

I even got arrested for the behaviors and actions of another person that had Alzheimers/Dementia disease because he lied to the paramedics.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

These always seem to end with the convict losing.....


spencerj05
spencerj05

@JBinOC Especially like this when the appeal is BS.

They provided the Miranda warning, he was free to shut up at any time and he chose not to.

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