State v. FreelandAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of first degree premeditated murder, first degree felony murder, and related offenses. The trial court imposed a sentence of death based on three aggravating circumstances. The court of criminal appeals affirmed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the court of criminal appeals did not err by affirming the trial court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to suppress statements he gave to law enforcement officers on the basis that the confessions were knowingly and voluntarily made; and (2) Defendant’s death sentence was not imposed arbitrarily, the evidence supported the trial court’s finding that the aggravating circumstances outweighed any mitigating circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt, and the sentence of death was not disporportionate. Remanded for entry of a corrected judgment reflecting the trial court’s merger of Defendant’s convictions for first degree murder into a single conviction.