In the Courts: Judge denies accused cop killer’s attempt to suppress evidence

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The man accused in the 2015 death of a Shreveport Police officer today lost his bid to keep the jury from seeing certain evidence gathered by police.

Attorneys for Grover Cannon hoped to keep evidence confiscated at the time of Cannon’s arrest out of his first-degree murder trial.

Cannon is accused in the August 5, 2015 shooting of SPD Officer Thomas LaValley, after he responded to a suspicious person call in the 3500 block of Del Rio Street.

The next day, Cannon was found hiding in a shed in the 3800 block of Jackson Street, just a few blocks from where LaValley died.

Dwight Doskey, Cannon’s lead attorney, argued Cannon was unfairly searched at the time of his apprehension in the 3800 block of Jackson Street on the afternoon of August 6, 2015, and therefore things found in his pockets and taken by police should not be admitted.

Doskey passionately argued the items found in Cannon’s pockets were inadmissible in court, because Cannon was arrested in a shed behind property police did not have permission to search.

Doskey claimed that because the police only had a search warrant for Cannon, they couldn’t search places controlled by third parties without expressed permission or specific search warrants. But Prosecutor Bill Edwards countered the police had “every reason to be there,” after the mother of Cannon’s child told them she had taken food to Cannon on that street two weeks earlier.  

Other items were removed from the shed during the investigation after Cannon’s arrest, but a search warrant specific for the area and the shed was issued.

On Feb. 1, a litany of witnesses testified regarding Cannon’s apprehension, including the officer who found and arrested Cannon, the people who lived in the houses in front of the shed where was hiding, and the officer who got a tip Cannon might be hiding out on Jackson Street.

The people living in or visiting the homes in front of the shed all testified they did not give Cannon permission to be in their homes or the shed, though some said they knew Cannon.

That hearing was continued until today, and this morning, both the defense and the state offered closing arguments.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, Caddo District Judge Ramona Emanuel ruled against the motion, and as it stands, the evidence will be offered at trial.

The Cannon, team, however said they plan to file a writ with Louisiana’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals asking them to overturn Emanuel’s denial.

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