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Murder Suspect Wants Statements Out

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Adam Pitman of Keokuk is accused of killing his mother on Aug. 30, 2011

Adam Pitman of Keokuk is trying to block several pieces of evidence from being considered in his murder trial, which is scheduled for May 22. 

Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, at her home at 1602 Concert Street in Keokuk on August 30, 2011.  The state medical examiner ruled that Rosa Pitman was strangled.

Adam Pitman was pulled over by Fort Madison police at about 5:45 AM that morning for having no working tail-lights.  Authorities say he admitted to killing his mother at that time.

Adam Pitman’s lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss the statements Pitman made to multiple law enforcement officers.

The motion claims members of the Fort Madison Police Department did not make Pitman aware of his Miranda rights before questioning him about the murder.  It also says Pitman was not capable of speaking with several special agents due to drug intoxication and mental illness.

Assistant Lee County Attorney Bruce McDonald has filed a motion refuting the claims.

A hearing is scheduled for April 17th.  Pitman’s trial is set for May 22nd.

1st Degree Murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Pitman previously pleaded not guilty, waived his right to a speedy trial, and announced his plans to rely on three defenses: intoxication by drugs, diminished capacity and insanity.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.