Lawrence Teen's Confession May Be Thrown Out Before Trial

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A hearing has been scheduled to determine if a confession from a 19-year-old woman accused of killing her roommate can be used as evidence in her murder trial.

Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 52-year-old Harold Sasko. Her lawyer, Carl Cornwell, has said his client will use the defense of mental disease or defect during her trial, which has been scheduled to start Jan. 5, 2015.

Sasko's body was found Jan. 17 at the home he shared with McLinn in Lawrence.

Lawrence police testified during a May hearing that McLinn confessed to the murder during an interview after her arrest. The next hearing set for July 3 will be used to determine if the confession can be used as evidence.

Posted by Greg Palmer