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In motions made public this week, Bryant's lawyers say evidence that stemmed from that 75-minute interview cannot be used against Bryant because of police misconduct. They said, among other things, Bryant never was informed of his Miranda rights to remain silent and have an attorney.
Defense attorney Hal Haddon said police kept Bryant a virtual prisoner in his hotel room and secretly tape-recorded him in order to get him to make statements.
But Hoy defended Detectives Doug Winters and Daniel Loya, who questioned Bryant on July 2.
"Both of my investigators are top notch, as far as I'm concerned," Hoy said Tuesday.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert also said he has no "concerns about how the sheriff's office handled the investigation," said spokeswoman Krista Flannigan.
Karen Steinhauser, a visiting professor at the University of Denver, said District Judge Terry Ruckriegle will have to make a decision whether Bryant talked to detectives voluntarily, and that will be a key.
Just what Bryant said is unknown, but defense attorneys also say some clothing seized by officers, as well as the results of tests on blood, saliva and hair obtained from Bryant at the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, also must be suppressed because it was generated by the interview.
-- The Associated Press