DA to appeal judge’s ruling in murder case

APPLETON – Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider will ask the state Attorney General’s office to appeal a decision tossing out Mastella Jackson’s murder confession and related evidence, she said Monday.

Last week, Judge Mark McGinnis ruled that Grand Chute police violated Jackson’s rights when they questioned her about the February 2012 murder of her husband, Derrick Whitlow. Whitlow was stabbed at the hotel where he and Jackson lived. McGinnis ruled prosecutors could not use the confession or items obtained from a search warrant executed afterwards.

If the state agrees to pursue the case, Schneider estimated an appeal might take five or six months.

The case is currently scheduled to go to trial July 7.

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