Murder suspect wants evidence suppressed because he did not understand rights

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - An attorney for Brad Jeansonne, 27 of Alexandria, who is charged with the 2014 murder of Sheterica Brewer, 27 of Alexandria, is asking a Rapides Parish judge to suppress all statements he made to the Alexandria Police Department during his interrogation.

(Source: RPSO)

Jeansonne is charged with second degree murder and simple arson. He was part of the military police unit at Camp Beauregard at the time.

Brewer disappeared in May 2014. Her family reported her missing to the Alexandria Police Department after her car was found burning in the area of Duhon Street.

Brewer's body was found a few days later by police, but where it was found and the cause of death, were not released by police. Jeansonne was arrested and charged shortly after, but police never revealed if the two knew each other.

Last week, John Flynn, Jeansonne's attorney, filed a motion to suppress. Flynn claims that Jeansonne "possesses a diminished mental capacity" and, while police read him his Miranda rights and he signed the Advice of Rights form, over a 10 hour period of answering police questions and giving a confession, "he did not fully understand" his rights. Flynn also claims Jeansonne "parroted the information supplied to him."

Flynn states that there are "indications of defendant's diminished mental capacity" and on five occasions during questioning asked police to bring him food to which he did not receive until police brought him two slices of pizza about six hours after his interrogation began.

Flynn writes that the State has the burden of showing that a confession was made freely and voluntarily and not under the influence of "fear, duress, intimidation, menace, threats, inducements, or promises."

A hearing for the matter is set before Judge Tom Yeager on March 20.



 
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