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Police: Rights of man charged in fatal stabbing were protected during interviews


SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A state police sergeant has testified that the rights of a man charged with fatally stabbing a Chicopee woman in 2011 were protected during police interviews.

Dennis Rosa-Roman, of Westfield, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of 20-year-old Amanda Plasse.

Plasse's slaying remained unsolved for about two years until Rosa-Roman was tied to her death through DNA evidence. He was arrested in November 2013.

Rosa-Roman filed a motion to suppress statements he made to police after claiming he had asserted his rights to terminate a Nov. 5, 2013 interview with Sgt. Ronald Gibbons.

The Republican (http://bit.ly/1QlMLFu ) reports that in a recording heard in court Thursday, Rosa-Roman tells Gibbons that "I gotta go."

Gibbons testified that he didn't think that meant Rosa-Roman wanted to end the interview.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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