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Evidence to be suppressed in Lauderdale Co. child porn case

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Lauderdale County judge agreed to suppress evidence in a child porn case against a Wisconsin man.

Florence Police arrested Richard Murray last July for failing to register as a sex offender and living too close to a school.

Murray was then charged with 100 counts of child pornography found on his computer.

After hearing testimony from both of Murray's roommates at the time of his arrest and from investigators, the judge determined police did not have the right to take Murray's computer from the home without a search warrant.

On Wednesday, the investigator testified they took two computers from Murray's home. One of the computers was located in the living room, the other in his bedroom.

The judge said those actions violated Murray's right to privacy.

Although investigators say provocative photos were found on the computer located in the living room of the home, they did not find evidence of child pornography on that specific computer.

The judge then granted a motion to suppress the contents of a laptop computer and external hard drive found in the bedroom of the home he was renting on Cleveland Street.

The Lauderdale County DA said they will continue to prosecute Murray on his sex offender charges.

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