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Police Questioning at Issue in Mo. Murder Case

Posted: Jul 17, 2013 4:58 AM by The Associated Press

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TUSCUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri judge has ordered law enforcement officers not to interrogate a man charged with killing a 13-year-old girl unless his attorney is present.

The order by Miller County Judge Kenneth Oswald comes after an attorney for Steven Henderson sought a protective order against law officers. That request was denied.

Henderson is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 22 death of Macala Shelton, who was his brother's stepdaughter.

The Lake Sun Leader reports that Henderson's attorney filed court documents saying he had attempted to visit Henderson in jail on June 25 but was told that Henderson was being interrogated by law enforcement. Attorney Keith Halcomb asserted that Henderson's constitutional rights had been "flagrantly violated" by authorities.

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