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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Williams v. Taylor
Citation:529 U.S. 362 (2000)
On November 3, 1985 Harris Stone was found dead in his residence on Henry Street in Danville, Virginia. Local officials determined that the cause of death was blood alcohol poisoning, and the case was considered closed. Six months after, Terry Williams, who was then incarcerated for an unrelated offense, wrote a letter to the police stating that he had killed that man down on Henry Street. In his cross-examination of the prosecution witnesses, Williams’ counsel repeatedly emphasized the fact that Williams had initiated the contact with the police that enabled them to solve the murder and to identify him as the perpetrator of the recent assaults, as well as the car thefts. Williams’ counsel characterized Williams’ confessional statements as dumb, but asked the jury to give weight to the fact that he had turned himself in, not on one crime but on four.
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