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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Wesley Wilson v. State
Citation:874 P.2d 215 (Wyo. 1994)
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A police officer saw Wilson (defendant) limping down the street and pulled his patrol car over to the sidewalk to ask if Wilson was okay. After smelling alcohol on Wilson’s breath, the officer asked Wilson for identification and radioed for a routine warrant check. This initial conversation was interrupted by a fire one block away from Wilson and the officer. The officer told Wilson to stay in the area while he checked on the fire. After about eight minutes, the officer returned to check on Wilson and told him to wait at a nearby corner. The officer learned that Wilson had two outstanding arrest warrants and returned to arrest him. The officer noticed an oily substance on Wilson’s shirt, and Wilson made a statement while in custody implicating himself in starting the fire.
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