A Recorded Confession Is Admissible In Court Provided the Defendant Was Administered Miranda Warnings
In Davis v. State, 859 So. 2d 465, 472 (Fla. 2003)the defendant admitted that he killed the victim in an initial discussion with officers. Id. at 471.
Then, an officer administered Miranda warnings, and Davis signed a written waiver. Id.
Thereafter, Davis gave a recorded confession. Id.
In ruling that the recorded confession was admissible, this Court stressed that the officers "carefully read Davis his Miranda rights, explaining each section of the waiver form, clearly reading aloud and explaining each right, and confirming after each right that Davis understood." Id. at 472.
The Court also noted that Davis signed a written waiver and that the officers did not attempt to downplay the Miranda warnings. Id.
In Davis , the Court concluded that the postwarning statements were admissible.
The facts of Davis involve only brief initial questioning and no indication of a concerted effort to undermine the Miranda warnings.
The officers informed Davis that they were there to discuss the disappearance of his girlfriend's mother, Ms. Robinson. Id.
During the initial ten-minute discussion with the two officers, Davis admitted that he killed Ms. Robinson. Id. at 471.
Upon hearing this admission, a detective immediately read Davis his Miranda warnings and obtained a signed written waiver. Id.
Davis then proceeded to draw a map to the victim's body and gave a recorded confession. Id