RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Washington state man accused of trying to kill a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper wants statements he made to authorities barred from trial.
Thirty-four-year-old Donald Willingham, of Renton, Washington, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in the October 2015 beating of Trooper Zachary Bader during an Interstate 90 traffic stop east of Rapid City.
Willingham’s attorneys maintain his interrogation violated his constitutional protections. A July hearing is planned.
Authorities say the traffic stop led to the recovery of more than 50 pounds of marijuana, $33,000 in cash and a handgun. Bader spent two weeks at a Rapid City hospital being treated for injuries that included skull and facial fractures.
Three others are charged with being accessories in the case.