WARREN - Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay will have to view the video confession of Louis Mann to help determine if he was too intoxicated to waive away his rights before telling Warren detectives he killed his parents a day or so earlier.
Two veteran Warren detectives and police from Howland, including police Chief Paul Monroe, all said Monday that Mann, 32, may have been hostile or belligerent when he was arrested in a Capri Motel room with a woman he picked up the day before.
He also cried, according to Detective Mike Currington, when he admitted killing his father after more than 30 years of pent-up rage.
Defendant Louis Mann listens to testimony Monday afternoon during a suppression hearing in Judge W. Wyatt McKay’s courtroom. Mann is accused of killing his parents in what he called “a fit of rage.” Photo by R. Michael Semple
But the police who testified during Monday's daylong suppression hearing in McKay's courtroom insisted that Mann showed no signs of slurring his words; no glassy eyes; nothing that made them think he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Tara Broadus meanwhile said she smoked crack cocaine with Mann on Sept. 30, 2011 - the same day he's accused of murdering his parents, stealing their 1982 Cadillac, credit cards and picking up the 27-year-old woman to ''party'' in a Mahoning Avenue N.W. motel.
Later that night, Mann took Broadus back to his parents' Jefferson Street S.W. home and showed her the bodies.
At one point the next day, Broadus said, Mann fell asleep at a pizza shop before checking into the Capri. It's there that Howland police spotted the Cadillac and then knocked before rushing in, finding Mann and Broadus in bed.
Police said they found crack cocaine and paraphernalia in the room.
But Mann also gave Currington and Detective Wayne Mackey a statement that lasted more than two hours and contained a full confession.
According to a coroner's report, Philip J. Mann Sr., 59, died from blunt cranial trauma and multiple gunshot wounds to the head. The coroner also ruled that Philip Mann's wife, Frances M. Mann, 53, died of ligature strangulation.
Investigators found the couple's bodies in the living room of their 1686 Jefferson St. S.W. home, where they were letting Louis Mann stay, four days after he was released from jail on other charges.
Louis Mann then visited his wife in Trumbull County Jail and confessed to her. That confession was leaked to authorities before the Cadillac was spotted at the Capri, and the confession is what the detectives say amounted to their probable cause to arrest the suspect.
Mann told officers in the video-recorded interview that he killed his parents "in a fit of rage" following an argument with his mother over his child.
He said he strangled his mother with a nearby clothesline then disarmed his father, who pointed a rifle at him, and "took 31 years of rage out" on his head with a Maglite-type flashlight, then shot him twice in the head.
Mann faces the death penalty if convicted in a trial scheduled for Oct. 2.