posted on October 17, 2013 13:37
The New York State Court of Appeals has unanimously affirmed the Scott Doll conviction while upholding an emergency exemption to Miranda rights.
The now 51-year-old Corfu man was convicted three years ago of killing his former business partner, Joseph Benequist.
The case resurfaced in September when questions surfaced about whether Doll was properly given his Miranda rights – the right to remain silent before questioning.
At the time of the initial questioning, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies came upon Doll with fresh blood on his clothes and a lug wrench in his hand.
Deputies said that under an emergency exception, they did not have to read Doll his Miranda rights. Deputies said the blood caused them to believe someone needed medical attention.
Doll had claimed he had just butchered a deer.
He is serving a sentence of 15 years to life.