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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Arizona v. Fulminante
Citation:499 U.S. 279 (1991)
Early in the morning of September 14, 1982, Fulminante called the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department to report that his 11-year-old stepdaughter, Jeneane Hunt, was missing. Two days later, Jeneane’s body was found in the desert east of Mesa. She had been shot twice in the head at close range. Because of the decomposed condition of the body, it was impossible to tell whether she had been sexually assaulted. Fulminante’s statements to police concerning Jeneane’s disappearance and his relationship with her contained a number of inconsistencies, and he became a suspect in her killing. When no charges were filed against him, Fulminante left Arizona for New Jersey. Fulminante was later convicted in New Jersey on federal charges of possession of a firearm by a felon. When he was incarcerated, he became friends with another inmate, Anthony Sarivola. Sirvola, a former police officer, had become a paid informant for the FBI. Savirola raised the subject with Fulminante in several conversations, and Fulminante confessed that he chocked her, sexually assaulted her, and shot her twice in the head in the desert. Savirola passed his information on to an agent of the FBI.
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