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NY court weighs emergency exception to rights

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York's highest court will consider whether to overturn a murder conviction because deputies did not read the Miranda rights to a suspect who had wet blood on his clothes and a lug wrench in his hand.

A lower court upheld the incriminating statements Scott Doll made in the 2009 beating death of friend and business partner Joseph Benaquist. Doll initially claimed he had been butchering a deer.

Genesee County deputies contended that the emergency exception to Miranda rights applies because deputies had "specific information" that someone lost a lot of blood and was in need of immediate medical attention.

Doll's attorneys argued that the deputies had no knowledge of any victim needing help, so that didn't apply.

Court of Appeals arguments are Tuesday.

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