Judge to allow incriminating statements made by officer stabbing suspect to be heard at trial


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach judge has ruled that incriminating statements made by a teen charged with trying to kill a police officer are admissible at trial.

The attorney for Riley Miller tried to get incriminating statements in his police interrogation thrown out. Miller was 17 at the time.

Miller testified earlier this year that he was high on Clonazolam during police questioning.The drug is illegal in the U.S.

Judge A. Bonwill Shockley ruled that Miller was able to waive his right to an attorney — so anything he said during the interrogation is fair game.

According to police Miller said “I stabbed that M-F cop. I hope he dies. I would stab his entire family if I wasn’t handcuffed to this bed.” 

Miller testified earlier this year he was high on Clonazolam at the time.

Experts say little is known about Clonazolam, a drug that is similar to but more powerful than Xanax.

Miller got in on the internet.

Defense attorney Steve Givando said because Miller was so intoxicated during the interrogation, he wasn’t able to knowingly or intelligently waive his right to an attorney.

Judge Shockley disagreed, saying Miller’s confession to stabbing the officer can remain as part of the case.

Shockley pointed out that even the experts who testified last month, for both sides, can’t say what level of Clonazolam makes you intoxicated.

She set the trial for Miller on the attempted murder on a police officer charge for August 12.

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