In An Unrecorded Oral Confession Admissible In Texas

Article 38.22 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure governs the admissibility of oral statements by an accused. See TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. Art. 38.22 (Vernon 1979 & Supp. 2000). Under section 3(a) of article 38.22, oral confessions are not admissible at trial. Id. art. 38.22, 3(a); Guevara v. State, 985 S.W.2d 590, 593 (Tex. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, pet. ref'd). Nevertheless, under section 5 of article 38.22, an unrecorded oral statement is admissible if it is not the product of custodial interrogation. See TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. Art. 38.22, 5 (Vernon Supp. 1998); Wortham v. State, 704 S.W.2d 586, 589 (Tex. App.--Austin 1986, no pet.).