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Court throws out Gary man’s murder confession

The IndianSupreme Court has decided consider case arguing thMcLynnerd Bond's confessifatal shooting was improperly influenced by Gary police detective. |

The Indiana Supreme Court has decided to consider a case arguing that McLynnerd Bond's confession to a fatal shooting was improperly influenced by a Gary police detective. | Post-Tribune File Photo

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Updated: June 15, 2014 6:37AM



INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court has thrown out a Gary man’s murder confession, ruling a police detective went too far by telling the man his race might prevent him from getting a fair trial.

The Gary detective’s fair-trial comment likely contributed to McLynnerd Bond Jr.’s confession to the 2007 shooting death of a 28-year-old man.

But the justices said in Tuesday’s unanimous ruling the detective violated Bond’s right to equal access to justice by “intentionally misleading a suspect as to his constitutionally guaranteed rights to a fair trial and an impartial jury” because of his race.

Attorneys for Bond have argued a statement he made to Gary Detective Cpl. Edward Gonzalez admitting to killing Kadmiel Mahone in 2007 should be thrown out because Gonzalez told him a jury would be made up of whites and Hispanics.

After Gonzalez said that, Bond admitted killing Kadmiel Mahone in 2007, Bond’s attorneys say.

According to court documents, Bond at first denied the killing, but Gonzalez started telling him that he could face lesser charges than murder if he cooperated. He later told Bond the jury would not include people from Gary but would instead include “people from Schererville, Crown Point, white people, Hispanic people, other people that aren’t from Gary, from your part of the ’hood...”

After three and a half hours, Bond admitted he killed Mahone.

Bond now says that admission shouldn’t be allowed at trial, however, because it was involuntary. His attorneys, Thomas Vanes and Mark Bates, have said that Gonzalez made him promises that were not upheld and that Gonzalez’s comments about the jury had racial overtones.

That argument was rejected by both Lake County Judge Diane Boswell and the Indiana Court of Appeals.



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