Lawyer of man accused of beating father to death asks judge to dismiss statements as evidence

Posted April 04, 2012, at 11:42 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The lawyer for a Maine man accused of beating his father to death has asked a judge to dismiss as evidence statements his client made to police following his arrest.

Angelo Licata’s lawyer said in court Tuesday that statements made to investigators following the July killing of 63-year-old Alfred Licata in Cambridge should be tossed because police did not read his client a clear Miranda warning and coerced him into signing a waiver of his rights.

The prosecutor countered that some of interviews should be allowed because the 35-year-old Angelo Licata said he wanted to answer questions and signed the waiver voluntarily.

The Morning Sentinel reports the judge did not immediately rule.

The medical examiner determined the older man died of blunt force trauma to the head.