An appeals court has overturned a Wausau man’s murder conviction. The Third District Court of Appeals ruled that police illegally arrested Devin Felix, took statements from him and gathered physical evidence, including the murder weapon, without a warrant. Those statements and evidence have to be suppressed if prosecutors re-try Felix. No immediate word on if they’ll do that or whether court dates had been set in the case.
The appeals court ruled that police did legally seize Felix’s vehicle and evidence gathered after his landlord gave permission to search the apartment. Felix pled guilty to stabbing Nathaniel Davids at a house party in Schofield in September 2007. He had been serving a 28-year prison sentence prior to Tuesday’s ruling.
Matt Lehman, WSAU