Attorneys for the Columbia man accused of igniting 2013’s massive Rim Fire want to suppress his alleged confession because they claim statements he made to law enforcement 19 months ago were coerced.
Keith Matthew Emerald’s defense attorneys on Friday filed a “notice of motion” in Fresno federal court to suppress Emerald’s statements to investigators from Sept. 3, 2013. Emerald’s attorneys, federal defenders Janet Bateman and Eric V. Kersten, contend his due process rights have been violated. The motion is set for a hearing in May.
A section of Norlin Street in Sonora is expected to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday between Yaney Avenue and Jackson Street for work on a Tuolumne Utilities District sewer project, TUD spokesperson Lisa Westbrook said in an announcement.
A detour will be in place. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to proceed with caution and be aware of construction crews.
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