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Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Statements to police

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Christian Matthews, age 17, was strangled to death. The murder took place in the victim’s bedroom at his home in Silver Spring, Maryland. Two days after the murder, Tysean A. Lipford (“Lipford” or “appellant”), was interviewed by two female detectives employed by the Montgomery County Police Department concerning the Matthews murder.

During that interview, Lipford confessed that he had strangled Matthews. Lipford was indicted for first-degree murder of Matthews in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. His counsel filed a motion to suppress Lipford’s confession along with other evidence that was uncovered as a result of what Lipford told the police in the course of that confession. That motion was heard on September 21, 2018.

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