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A Baltimore judge has tossed crucial evidence obtained via a stingray in a murder case—the trial was set to begin this week.
According to the Baltimore Sun, local police used the device, also known as a cell-site simulator, to locate the murder suspect in an apartment near his victim’s.
In 2014, investigators used the stingray to locate the suspect, Robert Copes, who allowed them into his apartment.
There, amid cleaning supplies including bleach and the phone they were looking for, police found the blood of Ina Jenkins, 34, in Copes’ apartment. Jenkins’ body was found “dumped across the street.”
Circuit Judge Yolanda Tanner said in court Monday that while she is suppressing the evidence “with great reluctance,” Copes is “likely guilty.”
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