THROWN OUT: Woman’s Statement Inadmissible


A judge ruled a statement taken by police from a woman accused of helping a murder suspect cannot be used in court.

Des Moines police say Rhonda Plew admitted during an interrogation that she tried to dispose of evidence after her boyfriend allegedly killed two people

Ronald Hawkinson is accused of shooting two people at Seibert Trucking last May. 

Plew told police she disposed of a steering wheel cover on Hawkinson’s truck after the murders. Because police did not advise Plew of her right to remain silent at the beginning of the interview, a judge ruled Wednesday her statement cannot be used in court. 

Plew’s attorney says he expects the charges against his client will be dropped next week.

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