Part of Shaffer’s confession tossed

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

A portion of convicted multiple murderer Jacob Shaffer’s confession has been ruled as inadmissible by a Madison County, Ala., court.

During proceedings there last week, Shaffer’s defense attorney said his client’s request for an attorney were ignored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a Huntsville Police Department officer, and a Madison County Sheriff’s Department investigator.

As a result of subsequent testimony, the court ruled that statements made by Shaffer to the TBI, HPD and MCSD will not be allowed during trial.

Statements, however, that Shaffer made to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department deputy who arrived first on the scene will be admissible as evidence during his trial in Madison County, according to the decision.

The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 29. Prosecutors there are seeking the death penalty in the first-degree murder case against Shaffer. He is suspected of killing Sidney Wade Dempsey, 50, at Hall Marble in Huntsville on July 17, 2009.

Shaffer pleaded guilty here in Lincoln County in July 2011 to killing five people on July 18, 2009, in southern Lincoln County. He was sentenced to five life sentences, all of which are to run consecutively, without the possibility of parole, in exchange for the guilty pleas.

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