Is Erroneous Admission of Custodial Statements Harmless If They Are Not the Centerpiece of the State's Case ?
In Alvord v. Dugger, 541 So. 2d 598, 601 (Fla. 1989), court found the erroneous admission of the custodial statements harmless error where the statements were not the centerpiece of the State's case.
Specifically, in Alvord, the defendant's girlfriend testified to a conversation with the defendant in which the defendant confessed to the crime.
The State also presented evidence demonstrating that the defendant harbored a dislike for the victim and had some of the victim's jewelry in his possession after the murder, and that some physical evidence matched that found at the murder scene.
The evidence presented in the instant case is similar and arguably stronger.