Alleged teen murderer wants interrogation thrown out

Sanel Saint Simon accused of murdering Alexandria Chery

ORLANDO, Fla. – Defense attorneys for suspected murderer Sanel Saint Simon filed a motion to suppress his interrogation by Orange County sheriff's investigators being used in his upcoming trial, according to court records.

The motion claims detectives failed to read him his Miranda rights before he was questioned about the disappearance of his girlfriend's 16-year-old daughter in 2014.

Alexandria Chery's body was later found dumped in a wooded area near the Osceola/Polk County line.

News 6 got hold of transcripts of the interrogation, where detectives called Saint Simon "a liar" and demanded to know "what really happened?"

Nowhere in the 385 pages is there any mention of Saint Simon being told he had the right to remain silent.

"Be aware that you have the right to remain silent," said legal analyst Steven Kramer. "Be aware that what you say could be used against you. That is the essence of his argument: If I had known you were going to use this against me, I would've never made those statements."

Kramer said it's impossible to know if the interrogation is vital to the prosecution's case, in which State Attorney Jeff Ashton has announced he is seeking the death penalty.

The motion will be heard in front of a judge on Friday.


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Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013 and became an Investigator in 2020. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.