Hearing Held To Discuss Miranda Rights In Murder Case

A pre-trial hearing was held Tuesday in the case of Iasiah Hagan who is charged with the shooting death of 20 year old Halee Rathgeber.
 
Rathgeber was found dead at the Alcoa Soccer Fields in Warrick County in April.
 
Hagans defense attorney Mark Phillips is asking the Judge to suppress all statements Hagan made to police before he was arrested. Phillips is arguing that Hagan was not properly read his Miranda Rights before giving the statements. He is arguing police officers paraphrased his rights during interrogation which he said was unacceptable.
 
Warrick County Prosecutor Michael Perry disputed that argument. Perry told the Judge that Hagan signed the Miranda rights waiver knowingly and gave statements to police voluntarily.
 
According to the affidavit of probable cause Hagan allegedly told police he felt responsible for Halees death.
 
Hagans grandmother, Barbara Hagan witnessed the entire hearing and told Eyewitness News she believes her grandson is innocent.
 
"I don't think he did it he's never been that kind of boy" said Hagan.
 
The judge did not make a ruling at the end of the hearing. If he chooses to suppress the evidence, all statements Hagan made to police before he was arrested will not be used at trial.

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