Suppression asked in Trumbull murder case

WARREN — The attorney for Cicera Limbeck, who is accused of murder, has asked a judge not to allow the prosecution to use at trial any statements she made to police.

Limbeck, 18, of Elm Road, is accused of murder and felonious assault in the Labor Day stabbing death of 16-year-old Brittany Fuller of Swallow Street Southwest.

Limbeck’s attorney argued today in tried Trumbull County Common Pleas Court today that police didn’t properly warn Limbeck of her rights against self-incrimination.

Limbeck is accused of having stabbed Fuller in the neck outside the apartment of Fuller’s cousin Shienne Slusher at 2184 Peace Ave. N.W. and fleeing the city.

Limbeck was arrested outside her boyfriend’s Cleveland home the following day, Sept. 5.

Cleveland Police Officer James Bellanca testified that he and his partner received information that Warren police were looking for Limbeck and where she might be found.

When Bellanca set up a surveillance outside the boyfriend’s house, he saw Limbeck and the boyfriend leaving it.

“It was a mistake,” Bellanca said Limbeck blurted as he approached her.

During cross-examination, Bellanca said he hadn’t given Limbeck her Miranda warning.

Cleveland Patrol Officer Jennifer Robertson testified that she read Limbeck her rights after which Limbeck said, “It was self-defense.”

Robertson told the court that Limbeck didn’t appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Limbeck was returned to Warren from Cleveland by Warren Detective Jeffrey Hoolihan, who testified that he read Limbeck her rights and she said she had retained a lawyer, then began answering his questions.

The interview ended when Limbeck said she wanted her attorney present, Hoolihan told the court.

Limbeck's attorney told Judge Logan that Limbeck is young and ufamiliar with the criminal justice system. When Limbeck told Hoolihan she had an attorney, the detective should have asked her if she wanted him present, the attorney contended.

A trial date will be set after Judge Logan rules on the motion to suppress the statements.

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