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Police Used Small Recorder in UF Players' Burglary Case

11:29 AM, Apr 14, 2011   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Police used a small tape recorder to get the stunning voice recording in the University of Florida basketball players' burglary case Sunday morning.

St. Augustine Police Sgt. Jason Etheredge says the officer used a simple Sony digital voice recorder. It's not wired through the car; just placed in the backseat.

The explosive audio recording is 34 minutes long and features team manager Josh Adel telling player Erik Murphy his proposed lies to police are "dumb."

It also captured Larson questioning whether to turn himself in.

You can listen to the entire tape by clicking here.

Etheredge says you have no expectation of privacy in the back of a police car during an investigation. He said that allows police to record conversations even if the people don't know they're being recorded.

Etheredge says his department's investigation is complete. They charged Murphy and fellow player Cody Larson with felony burglary, while Adel faces principal to burglary.

Police say they will have to prove they intended to take something from the car when they broke into it, since they didn't actually remove anything.

He said the case is now in the hands of the state attorney's office.

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