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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Nix v. Williams
Citation:467 U.S. 431 (1984)
On December 24, 1968, 10-year-old Pamela Powers disappeared from a YMCA building in Des Moines, Iowa, where she had accompanied her parents to watch an athletic contest. Shortly after she disappeared, Williams was seen leaving the YMCA carrying a large bundle wrapped in a blanket; a 14-year-old boy who had helped Williams open his car door reported that he had seen two legs in it and they were skinny and white. Police surmised that Williams had left Pamela Powers or her body somewhere near Des Moines. The officers directed the search and found the child’s body. In February 1969, Williams was indicted for first-degree murder. Before trial, this counsel moved to suppress evidence of the body and all related evidence. The ground for the motion was that such evidence was the fruit of Williams’ statements made during the automobile ride from Davenport to Des Moines.
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