No New Trial In Pizza Delivery Murder

BOSTON (AP) _ A Springfield man convicted of killing a pizza delivery driver lost his bid for a new trial Monday.

The Supreme Judicial Court rejected an appeal by Alex Morales, who was found guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping in the 2007 killing of Corey Lind, 20, of Chicopee.

During his trial, prosecutors said Morales called Domino’s Pizza so he could steal the delivery person’s car, but after realizing Lind could identify him, Morales forced him into the trunk of the car and drove about 10 miles to Monson, where he stabbed him.

Morales testified that he stabbed Lind in self-defense.

In his appeal, Morales claimed a judge should have suppressed two statements he gave to police. He claimed the statements were involuntary because of a lack of sleep, discomfort from being placed in a cold cell and a debilitated emotional state.

The high court rejected that argument.

“The findings of the judge included determinations that, at the time of the statements, the defendant confirmed that he was not under the influence of either drugs or alcohol; that he willingly responded to questions without hesitation or inquiry; he answered clearly and intelligently; there was no evidence of any coercive conduct by the police; that his two emotional “breakdowns” had been momentary and he otherwise was responsive, articulate, and cooperative; and he did not complain about his condition or how he was being treated,” Chief Justice Roderick Ireland wrote in the unanimous ruling.

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