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Defendant’s statement focus of hearing at murder trial

Oct 5, 2010 2:35:00 PM - thestate.com

Theodore Manning, the defendant in Richland County murder trial involving an Internet romance gone wrong, gave an 11-page voluntary statement to police the night he was arrested.

Whether prosecutors can introduce that statement, and other statements Manning made, at this week’s trial was the subject of a lengthy hearing today conducted out of the jury’s presence.

In the statements, Manning admitted some involvement in the death of Nikki McPhatter, 30, a Charlotte airline employee, a Richland County Sheriff’s detective testified this morning, with the jury out of the courtroom.

“He went from saying it was an accident to ‘I shot her’,” said Sgt. Walter McDaniels, who interrogated Manning the night he was arrested, May 29, 2009.

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