JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Judge Mallory Cooper ruled this morning to not admit Cristian Fernandez's confession into evidence.
The suppression hearing started last month. Judge Cooper was to rule on whether or not to allow interrogation interviews and tapes of Fernandez into evidence.
Buddy Schulz, a member of the defense team for Cristian Fernandez, said, "We appreciate that Judge Cooper has recognized what this nation's courts and experts have been saying for years. Children are different. We stand by the position that a 12-year-old does not possess the ability to know and comprehend what is meant by their Constitutional Rights."
Fernandez is accused in the death of his two-year-old half brother and accused of molesting a five-year-old half-brother. Fernandez is Jacksonville's youngest murder suspect.
In twenty days Fernandez is scheduled to go to trial for the sexual battery charges. His murder trial is scheduled to begin September 10.
First Coast News