BISMARCK, N.D. — A judge will allow an alleged police station confession to be used in a Bismarck homicide case.

Morris Brickle-Hicks is accused of fatally assaulting Misty Coffelt behind a store in Bismarck in April 2016. Last month, his attorney asked the court to suppress the statements and bloody clothing he gave to police during an interview the night after her death.

The attorney for the 34-year-old defendant argued Brickle-Hicks lacked cognitive abilities and couldn’t understand the Miranda warning.

The Bismarck Tribune ( ) reports South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner has ruled Brickle-Hicks was appropriately given his warning against self-incrimination and spoke voluntarily.

A trial is scheduled to begin July 10.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune,

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