Judge Rules Statements Given by Hunt To Police May be Used During the Trial

<p>Joshua Hunt</p>

Joshua Hunt

Today Judge Carrie Runge ruled that statements Joshua Hunt gave to police in July after he was arrested for allegedly killing Joshua Snapp may be used during trial.

The defense argued that Hunt was under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the interview and not cognizant of his Miranda rights.

The court also decided that Judge Runge will remain as presiding judge over the case.

During testimony at an evidentiary hearing earlier this week, Judge Runge learned that her stepson, Detective Scott Runge of the Benton County Sheriff's Department, has been involved in the investigation of the case.

The judge said this came as a surprise to her because his name had never come up before. The defense claims the judge's connection to a detetcive with any involvement in this case to be a conflict.

Judge Runge looked over several documents and said because detective runge's involvement is very minimal, she doesn't find it necessary to recuse herself.

Joshua Hunt is charged with first degree murder in the killing of Joshua Snapp.

As of now, Hunt's trial is scheduled for February 10th.