LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County judge has ruled to allow statements from Mason Sisk to law enforcement the night five of his family members were shot.
On September 3, 2019, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on Ridge Road in Elkmont. There they found Sisk’s father, John Wayne Sisk, 38; his stepmother, Mary Sisk, 35; and three siblings – a 6-year-old boy, Kane Sisk, a 4-year-old girl, Aurora Sisk, and a 6-month-old boy, Colson Sisk, all shot.
At the time of the murder, Limestone County Coroner Mike West told News 19 each died from a single gunshot wound.
Body camera footage from that night shows Sisk at home, talking to sheriff’s deputies and being placed inside a patrol car. Sisk was taken to the sheriff’s office later that evening. Investigators said he confessed to killing his family and leading them to the gun used.
The defense argued that at that time, 14-year-old Sisk was questioned by multiple Limestone County Sheriff’s Deputies without having read his rights from Miranda or officials attempting to contact his family and DHR.
The defense said Sisk was held by law enforcement for two hours at the scene before being taken to the sheriff’s office.
The state argued that at the time, Sisk was not in police custody when he was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car. They also claim that he was not questioned or coerced by law enforcement into making a confession at the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement witnesses also said Sisk was free to go to the scene.
Body camera video of the murder scene also showed law enforcement officers telling Sisk that he was being held.
Sisk’s murder trial is scheduled to begin September 12 at 9 a.m.
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