Murder suspects back before judge, attorneys go through interrogation transcripts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Some legal maneuvering Friday as the three men accused in a high-profile murder case of a UK student were back in court for a hearing as a judge works to decide what evidence will be allowed at trial.

The attorneys went through the transcript of a police interrogation with the judge.  It was a long process that took hours but an important step to ensure a fair trial.

Efrain Diaz, Justin Smith and Roman Gonzalez are accused of shooting and killing Jonathan Krueger.

Krueger was a student at the University of Kentucky and a photographer for the school paper.  He was killed April 2015.

The attorneys decided which statements from a police interrogation would be redacted for the trial.

The judge previously said the interrogation videos of Gonzalez and Smith violated their right to remain silent and wouldn’t be allowed but that statements Diaz made are OK as long as they don’t incriminate the other two.

The attorneys wanted to make sure the redaction didn’t change or twist the meaning of the remaining, allowed, statements.

Friday’s hearing got through about 40 of the 80 pages of transcript.  Everyone will reconvene Monday afternoon to go through the rest.

The defense also plans to file another motion regarding different evidence.

A trial is scheduled for October.

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