Miami detective involved in murder love triangle case

Miami HeraldSeptember 23, 2011 

North Miami Beach Detective Ed Hill, tasked with investigating a straight-out-of Hollywood love triangle assassination, already suffered a blow in credibility when he began romancing one suspect’s bombshell Russian wife.

Now, Hill’s case is hanging by a thread after a defense attorney Thursday alleged in court that the detective forged key evidence.

The judge in the murder case against defendant David Superville was incensed.

“What I’ve read here is appalling,” Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Cueto told prosecutors Thursday after reviewing court documents detailing the allegations against Hill.

Superville is accused of helping set up the slaying of an electronics salesman at the behest of a jealous lover. The victim, cellphone salesman James Duarte, was shot and killed in August 2001 as he left his office in North Miami Beach.

Defense attorney Andrew Rier alleged that Hill forged a Miranda rights waiver form, which is supposed to be signed by a suspect before he gives a formal statement to police. The document reminds a suspect that he has the right to remain silent and seek representation by a lawyer.

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