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Judge rules video confession of Sulphur man accused of killing toddler can be played at trial

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LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A state judge has ruled that the videotaped confession of a 25-year-old Sulphur man accused of killing a toddler can be played during his trial.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb ) Trent Dubroc is accused of a throwing his girlfriend's 13-month-old child against a wall in September 2013, killing the baby. He is scheduled to go to trial Monday.

Judge David Ritchie issued his ruling on Tuesday

Dubroc's attorney, Andy Casanave, filed a motion to have the three-hour, 23-minute videotaped statement suppressed.

"The statements and/or confessions were involuntarily given and are not the product of an intelligent and valid waiver of the right against self-incrimination and the right to counsel guaranteed by the 5th and 6th Amendments to the United States Constitution," Casanave wrote in his motion.

Ritchie said he watched the video in its entirety Monday afternoon, looking to see whether the defense could make a claim of a false confession. He said he found "no forced coercion, promises or inducements that would require the statement be suppressed." ''We're gratified that the judge denied his motion because the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office did not in any way violate his rights or falsely obtain this confession," prosecutor Lori Nunn said. "They followed the law."

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said at the time of the incident that Dubroc said he took the child from its crib and threw it across the room out of frustration, then returned the child to its crib. The baby reportedly suffered a skull fracture.

Dubroc said in the video, "I dropped her. I take responsibility," Ritchie said.

Ritchie also denied a motion to postpone the trial. Casanave asked for the continuance because he had not initially received a complete copy of the interview, according to court testimony.

Dubroc is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $5 million bond.


Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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