A federal appeals court has ruled against a Detroit-area man who was convicted of killing his wife and dismembering the body.
Stephen Grant of Macomb County claims his constitutional rights were violated when investigators got incriminating statements from him after he was captured in northern Michigan in 2007. But the appeals court noted that he had waived his right to remain silent and his attorney had quit.
The court on Tuesday affirmed a decision by a federal judge in Detroit.
Grant reported Tara Grant missing, then slipped away from their home a few weeks later as deputies discovered her torso in a storage container in their garage. He was convicted of second-degree murder and will be eligible for parole in 41 years.