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Criminal Practice – Search & Seizure – Voluntary Consent — Kidnapping – Armed Robbery & Sexual Offense – Additional Confinement (access required)

State v. Bell There was a conflict as to whether or not defendant consented at all to the search of his room, but there was no conflict as to whether defendant’s consent was voluntary. The trial court concluded, “The defendant gave Sheriff Jones and Sergeant Weaver valid oral consent to search his room.” In order for the search to have been “valid,” it must have been given voluntarily. Given the lack of any dispute regarding voluntariness, we can infer that the trial court found the consent to be voluntary from its conclusion that defendant gave “valid oral consent.”

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