Suspect in police shootout wants confession tossed because he was cold

January 6th, 2011 by Staff

CAPE CORAL: One of the men accused of taking part in a shootout with Cape Coral Police last December appeared in court Wednesday. He says he was forced to give a statement and wants his confession thrown out.

At the Steak ‘n Shake on Pine Island Road on December 20, 2009, there were 62 shots fired between the suspects and police. One suspect was killed in the incident.

Jarrett Mundle gave police exactly what they wanted after the shootout– a confession.

Mundle took the stand Wednesday trying to convince the judge the only reason he talked is because he had been too cold that night.

It was 55-degrees on the night of the incident.

At first, Mundle told deputies he wanted a lawyer and didn’t want to talk.

Mundle says after sitting in a squad car for three hours with the windows down and the heat off, he changed his mind.

Mundle says he would have told detectives anything if he meant he could go inside and warm up.

After officers read him his Miranda rights, Mundle talked for an hour. He described in detail what happened the night of a home invasion and shootout with police.

The confession is a damaging piece of evidence prosecutors will use against him at trial.

Several times during his interview, Mundle declined to answer questions, which detectives say proves his mind was not affected by the cold.

He also never said he was cold or asked for warmer clothing or a blanket.

The judge denied Mundle’s motions and ruled the jury will be able to hear the statement at trial.

He said Mundles’ actions during the interview with detectives were very different from his allegations that he was left in a cold car on purpose.

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