State v. Fair, S-1-SC-38750

CitationS-1-SC-38750
Case DateMarch 21, 2022
CourtSupreme Court of New Mexico

STATE OF NEW MEXICO, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.

FRANCIS FAIR, Defendant-Appellee.

No. S-1-SC-38750

Supreme Court of New Mexico

March 21, 2022


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APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF BERNALILLO COUNTY Brett R. Loveless, District Judge.

Hector H. Balderas, Attorney General Lauren Joseph Wolongevicz, Assistant Attorney General Santa Fe, NM for Appellant

Bennett J. Bauer, Chief Public Defender Allison H. Jaramillo, Assistant Appellate Defender Santa Fe, NM for Appellee

DISPOSITIONAL ORDER OF AFFIRMANCE

PER CURIAM.

{¶1} WHEREAS, this matter came before the Court on the State's direct interlocutory appeal filed pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 39-3-3(B)(2) (1972), requesting that this Court reverse the district court's order granting Defendant's motion to suppress statements made to police;

{¶2} WHEREAS, every member of the Court has considered the briefs and is fully informed on the issues and applicable law;

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{¶3} WHEREAS, we review a motion to suppress as a mixed question of fact and law. State v. Widmer, 2020-NMSC-007, ¶ 11, 461 P.3d 881. This Court reviews the factual findings of the district court for substantial evidence, State v. Jason L., 2000-NMSC-018, ¶ 10, 129 N.M. 119, 2 P.3d 856, viewing all facts in the light most favorable to the prevailing party, indulging all reasonable inferences in support of the ruling of the district court, and disregarding contrary inferences and evidence. Id. The application of the law to the facts is reviewed de novo. State v. Vandenberg, 2003-NMSC-030, ¶ 17, 134 N.M. 566, 81 P.3d 19.

{¶4} WHEREAS, the question presented to the district court was whether Defendant was in custody such that a proper warning under Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966) was necessary before interrogating him.

{¶5} WHEREAS, substantial evidence supported the district court's findings that police handcuffed Defendant, told him he was being detained, that they were going to take his clothes, take pictures of him, and take him to the main police station to be processed, and then interrogated him in a police van for forty-seven minutes, beginning at approximately three a.m....

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