March 25, 2015
State v. Michael McAdams; Michael McAdams v. State
Case Number(s):
SC14-788, SC14-826
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Lynda McAdams and William Andrews were fatally shot. Her estranged husband,
Michael McAdams, agreed to talk to detectives and confessed. He later tried
unsuccessfully to get his confession suppressed. He was convicted and sentenced to
life in prison. On appeal, he argued his due process rights were violated when police
refused to tell him that a lawyer hired by his family was in the building and trying to
reach him. The Second District Court of Appeal held that although Mr. McAdams was
not in custody when he confessed, police had still violated due process by not telling
him about the lawyer after he was arrested. The 2nd DCA asked this Court to review the
issue as one of great public importance