Inmate's Case Adds to Debate on Recorded Interrogations

LIVINGSTON — Over the hisses and crackles of the audio tape, Max Soffar slurred his words in 1980 as he confessed to shooting two teenagers while robbing a Houston bowling alley. The two hours of footage followed at least 26 hours of unrecorded questioning over three days, which can only be accessed through the recollections of the police officers present and Soffar himself.

Three decades and two trials later, Soffar, 57, maintains that he never committed the crimes — he says he confessed to shooting the two teenagers while trying to implicate someone else in the shootings at the bowling alley, in ...

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