Teen’s Confession in Killing of Girlfriend Ruled Admissible

Statements made to State Troopers in connection with a murder in Skippack’s Palmer Park last may 25th will be admissible when trial takes place later this year for
16-year-old, Tristan Stahley, accused of stabbing his girlfriend, 17-year-old, Julianne Siller, a senior a Spring Ford Area High School at the time of her death.

Judge William Carpenter made the ruling Wednesday in county court. Stahley, now 17-years-old, will also be tried as an adult. Stahley’s attorney argued that his client could have been under the influence of alcohol at the time he confessed to State Troopers about taking Julianne Siller’s Life. Stahley’s lawyer also argued that his client confessed without a lawyer present. But State Troopers, when interviewed by county prosecutors, say Stahley admitted to them what happened in Palmer park and led them to Julianne’s body. Troopers say, he also confessed with his mother present and that they agreed to be interviewed without a lawyer present. Troopers say, they did not smell or detect any signs that Stahley was under the influence of alcohol. Stahley is charged with 1st degree murder and related offenses. He’s being held at the county correctional facility without bail.

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