Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Police Tactics Hit for Third Time ; Last Defendant in Slaying Challenges Confession

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Police Tactics Hit for Third Time ; Last Defendant in Slaying Challenges Confession

Article excerpt

A Vanderburgh County judge is considering if what William Hurt told police about the death of an Evansville homeless man can be used in the teenager's murder trial, which is only a week away. During a court hearing Friday, a Vanderburgh County deputy prosecutor defended tactics used by police during Hurt's questioning. Mike Perry, chief trial deputy, said inconsistencies between Hurt's story and other evidence could be because Hurt lied to investigators.

Defense attorney Conor O'Daniel has charged police repeatedly lied to Hurt to get his confession.

Hurt, 18, is charged with murder and robbery in the June death of Marcus Golike, 54. Police believe Golike was strangled and beaten late June 14 or early June 15 and his body placed in the Ohio River, where it was found June 17.

Although Hurt was one of three teenagers charged in the death, he is the only one still facing charges.

The prosecutor's office dropped charges against Harley James Wade, 17, and Deadra Hurt, 19, but reserved the right to file new charges.

In October, Circuit Court Judge Carl Heldt ruled Deadra Hurt's statement should be excluded because police coerced it. Prosecutors dropped Wade's charges after his attorney asked for a speedy trial and forensic evidence sent to the Indiana State Police lab would not be processed before the deadline.

William Hurt's trial is set to begin Dec. 17 in Vanderburgh Circuit Court.

Golike was found in the river two miles west of the U.S. 41 twin bridges June 17. A Kentucky Medical Examiner ruled Golike's death a homicide likely caused by suffocation from being strangled.

Evansville Police Department Detective Jeff Vantlin wrote in William Hurt's arrest affidavit that Hurt admitted to participating in killing Golike.

Hurt told police the four teenagers were in a van and stopped Golike - a friend of the Hurt family - while he was walking on South Weinbach Avenue, according to the affidavit. He said he and Wade beat Golike and Wade then strangled him. He also told police they put Golike in the van and drove to Dress Plaza on the Evansville Riverfront where they put the body in the water and watched it float away. …

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