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Attorneys claim Molitor might have been impaired when questioned about the shooting death of boyfriend Kenneth Nissen

 

KINGMAN – A local judge has taken under advisement a motion to suppress potentially incriminating statements a woman made to police after she allegedly shot and killed her boyfriend in Lake Havasu City last summer. Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss will rule on the motion that was the subject of a Sept. 8 hearing in Kingman.

 

There's no question that 62-year-old Cheryl Molitor was read her rights and agreed to be interviewed. But defense attorney Michael Wozniak argues that Molitor’s mental state was such that she was unable to knowingly volunteer to be questioned at the time.

Detectives testifying at the evidentiary hearing conceded that they detected an odor of alcohol about her person. They further acknowledged they were aware that Molitor carried on a “conversation” with a stuffed bunny rabbit shortly before the police interrogation was initiated.

According to news reports published in the wake of the July 26, 2016 shooting, Kenneth Nissen, 65, was in bed asleep when Molitor allegedly shot him in the head. The couple had apparently been arguing prior to the shooting. She reportedly waited five hours to call police.

Nissen was the former owner of a popular Lake Havasu City restaurant.

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