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Defense moves to suppress Joseph’s statements

Sep 24, 2013 -- 5:05pm


A circuit judge will consider a motion to suppress statements a Cape Girardeau murder suspect made to a detective a few days after his wife                                          and son were found shot to death in their beds.  48-year-old George Joseph faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the May 30th shooting deaths of his wife, Mary, and 18-year-old son, Matthew, at their home on West Cape Rock Drive.  Joseph's attorney, Bryan Greaser, filed a motion to suppress statements Joseph made while in the hospital undergoing treatment for an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  On Monday, Judge Benjamin Lewis put the motion on his Oct. 18 docket.  Assistant prosecuting attorney Angel Woodruff offered to provide Lewis with a videotape of Joseph's statements before the hearing.  According to a probable-cause statement, Joseph was aware of his surroundings and knew why he was in the hospital on June 4th.  During a preliminary hearing in July, witnesses testified that Joseph had been facing health problems and serious financial issues in the weeks leading up to the shooting, and he was worried because he was under investigation by the federal government.  

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