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Criminal Procedure keyed to Kamisar
Colorado v. Connelly
Citation:479 U.S. 157, 107 S.Ct. 515, 93 L.Ed.2d 473 (1986)
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Connelly (defendant) approached a Denver police officer and, without prompting, told the officer that he had killed someone. Connelly was arrested and informed of his Miranda rights. He stated that he understood his rights and further elaborated on his statement. When a homicide detective arrived on the scene and readvised Connelly of his Miranda rights, Connelly confessed that he had killed a young girl 9 months earlier. Records revealed that an unidentified female body was discovered in the area Connelly described, and Connelly later took police to the place where the murder had occurred.
Connelly was initially found incompetent to stand trial, but he later became competent after hospitalization and treatment. A psychiatrist testified that Connelly’s statements were the result of “command auditory hallucinations,” a symptom of his mental disorder. Connelly had hallucinated that the “voice of God” was telling him to confess.
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