Court throws out black man’s murder confession

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has thrown out a black man’s murder confession, ruling a police detective went too far by telling the man his race might prevent him from getting a fair trial.

The Gary detective’s fair-trial comment likely contributed to McLynnerd Bond Jr.’s confession to the 2007 shooting death of a 28-year-old man.

But the justices said in Tuesday’s unanimous ruling the detective violated Bond’s right to equal access to justice by “intentionally misleading a suspect as to his constitutionally guaranteed rights to a fair trial and an impartial jury” because of his race.

A Lake County judge had denied Bond’s bid to suppress his confession, and the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.

However, The Indianapolis Star reports the Supreme Court decision overturns those rulings. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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