State v. Stotler

In State v. Stotler, 168 W.Va. 8, 282 S.E.2d 255 (1981) the appellant was placed under arrest and held incommunicado for fourteen hours following his arrest. Additionally, appellant's wife was placed under arrest. The law enforcement officer allegedly told the appellant that if he didn't cooperate his children would be placed in a foster home, but that his wife would be released if he confessed. Both the appellant and his wife testified at the suppression hearing. Finally, the trial court made no findings of fact on whether the confession was procured by improper inducement.