Judge allows as evidence recording of police questioning DC mom accused of killing 4 daughters

Judge allows video of interrogation as evidence

WASHINGTON — A judge will allow a recording of a police interrogation to be used as evidence in the murder trial of a Washington woman accused of killing her four daughters.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg on Wednesday denied a motion by Banita Jacks’ attorneys to suppress statements she made to detectives after the decomposing bodies of her four daughters were found in her home in January 2008.

In the videotaped interview, Jacks said her daughters were possessed by demons.

Weisberg said Jacks appeared to be somewhat “emotionally fragile,” but her statements were voluntary. He said police acted appropriately and did not violate her rights.

Defense attorneys had argued that police lacked sufficient evidence to arrest Jacks.

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