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Criminal Procedure keyed to Kamisar
Kentucky v. King
Citation:563 U.S. 452, 131 S.Ct. 1849, 179 L.Ed.2d 865 (2011)
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Officers were told to apprehend a suspect at an apartment building. The officers heard a door shut but were not sure which of the two apartments at the end of the breezeway the suspect has entered. There was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the apartment on the left, so the officers knocked on the door and announced their presence. They then heard people moving things around inside, which led the officers to believe that evidence was being destroyed. The officers then entered the apartment, where King (defendant) was with other occupants. A search of the apartment resulted in the seizure of drugs, paraphernalia, and cash. The original suspect was in the other apartment.
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