During the course of the appeal, Buffey's lawyers accused former Clarksburg Police Detective R.G. Matheny of coercing a "quasi-confession" from Buffey during an hours-long interrogation that lasted until the early morning. In that confession, he told the investigators that he "first encountered the lady in the dining room" and that she "flipped out" and began yelling and screaming, according to court filings.
Buffey then asked the officers if they wanted to "know the truth."
"I didn't do it," he said, according to court filings.
Matheny also was accused of lying to grand jurors in an attempt to push through an indictment. According to Morrison, Matheny gave four blatantly false pieces of information during the grand jury session:
Buffey said during the interrogation that he never blacked out, according to the interrogation transcript. Later, another investigator asserts that Buffey told them he blacked out.
Buffey told the detectives that he did not know the entry point to the house, and then eventually guessed incorrectly when pressed. The police report from the Salvation Army break-in did not include that the perpetrators had stolen a flashlight, and Ms. L did not describe the knife in as much detail as Matheny provided to the grand jury, court filings indicate.
"Did he get some things maybe not precise? I don't know," Romano said Thursday. "It's not relevant."
Romano said that the grand jury proceedings do not trump the fact that Buffey pleaded guilty to the crime.Bedell set a full hearing in March that will examine the new evidence in the case.
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