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Galena, Mo.-The statements made to law enforcement by one of the alleged killers of Dan Martin could be tossed out if a motion to surpress heard last week is successful.
Defense attorney Steve Kellogg says Annmarie Patrick asked for an attorney three separate times and law enforcers continued to question the woman charged with taking part in killing her boyfriend.
According to court documents, Patrick said she, Justin Tuttle and Martin drove to Table Rock Lake on September 26, 2013. After arriving at the lake, Tuttle allegedly told Patrick “something was going to happen and not to freak out.”
Court documents state, “Martin was then killed and she [Patrick] helped Tuttle weigh down the body in the lake and they left the area.”
Family and friends searched for Dan Martin for three days before a family out for an outing discovered a body floating in Table Rock Lake at the end of Jones Trading Post Road.
Several witnesses took the stand yesterday in Judge Jack Goodman’s courtroom.
First on the stand was Stone County sheriff’s deputy Taylor Jenkins. Jenkins stated that he and Kimberling City police officer Jody Shepard went to the home of Patrick’s mother, Lori Gutendorf, between 2 – 3 a.m. on September 30th looking for Patrick, who was asleep in the basement.
Jenkins asked Patrick where she’d been and she stated “in Branson for a few days.” She told law enforcers that her mom picked her up on the square in Blue Eye.” When asked if the clothes she was wearing had been worn all weekend she stated her other clothes and purse were in her mother’s vehicle.
Patrick, who took the stand at the suppression hearing, says when Jenkins left to collected those items she invoked her right to an attorney to Shepard.
Jenkins says she never did.
“My mom said they would probably be coming and that I’m an adult and have to ask for an attorney myself,” Patrick testified.
Gutendorf said that she told Shepard that “Marie” wanted an attorney. “He said she needs to ask…..she hasn’t even been arrested.” Gutendorf said when she and her daughter both told the officer that Marie wanted an attorney he said, “Why do you want an attorney, that’s just going to make you look guilty.”
When Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby began questioning Patrick about her drug use in the 12 hours leading up to Martin’s murder she said she had not used any illegal drugs. At that point Kellogg told her not to answer any further questions that had nothing to do with her request for an attorney.
Judge Goodman is expected to rule on the matter in the next few weeks.
Patrick, whose murder trial is scheduled to begin on March 23rd in Lawrence County on a change of venue, has until 1 p.m. on March 20th to make a decision to accept a plea offer from the state.