TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court has reversed the murder conviction and death sentence of a learning disabled man because police coerced his confession.
The 5-2 ruling Thursday ordered a new trial for 23-year-old Randall Deviney. He's charged with slitting the throat of a Jacksonville neighbor, 65-year-old Delores Futrell, in 2008.
The majority wrote that police violated his right to remain silent by continuing to question him after he told them he was "done" and wanted to leave. Police then formally arrested him but failed to advise him a second time of his right to remain silent. Instead, they repeatedly questioned him until he confessed.
Chief Justice Ricky Polston and Justice Charles Canady dissented.
Authorities said the victim used to fix meals for Deviney and he did odd jobs for her.
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