CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP/WNCN) — Some statements that a former Virginia Tech student made to police about the slaying of a 13-year-old girl are being thrown out after a judge cited improper interrogation techniques.
David Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Maryland, is charged with abduction and first-degree murder in Nicole Lovell’s late January 2016 death.
Natalie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Maryland, is charged with accessory before and after the fact and with illegally dumping Nicole’s body just across the state line in North Carolina.
Lovell’s body was found around along N.C. Highway 89 in Surry County, which is northwest of Winston-Salem.
The Roanoke Times reports a judge ruled Monday that parts of Keepers’ confession cannot be used at trial.
He said officers should have read Keepers her Miranda rights and told her she had the right to talk to an attorney once it was clear she would be charged in Nicole Lovell’s death.
The newspaper reports, however, that Keepers’ admission to playing a role in planning Lovell’s murder and hiding her body remain admissible at trial.
Keepers is charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder and with concealing a body.
She’s scheduled to go to trial in February 2018.