Judge to hear about tossing confession in Somerset Co. Sheriff's deputy murder

Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 2:39 PM EST
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A judge in Portland will hear arguments Thursday on what to do with a reported confession by the man accused of killing a Somerset County Sheriff's deputy.

Lawyers for 30-year-old John Williams of Madison want the confession thrown out as evidence.

They say police beat it out of Williams and he was withdrawing from drugs at the time.

Williams was arrested in April for the murder of Corporal Eugene Cole, who was shot to death in the line of duty.

He's pleaded not guilty and is expected to go on trial in June.

The case was moved to Portland after Williams was charged.

The supression hearing is scheduled to last two days.

There's no timeline for the judge to issue his ruling.