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Hearing delayed for Tulsa woman charged in high-rise death

Oklahoman Modified: September 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm •  Published: September 8, 2011
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TULSA (AP) — A preliminary hearing to determine whether a Tulsa woman will stand trial for allegedly killing her husband by pushing him out of a 25th floor apartment window has been postponed.

Amber Hilberling's Wednesday hearing was rescheduled for Oct. 26 after her attorneys filed a motion to suppress evidence in the case that they claim was illegally obtained.

Hilberling, 19, is charged with second-degree murder in the June 7 death of her 23-year-old husband, Joshua Hilberling.

Police secretly recorded Amber Hilberling talking with her grandmother in the police station interrogation room after Hilberling said she wanted an attorney, according to the motion filed Tuesday. All statements allegedly made by Hilberling and her grandmother “while the Tulsa Police Department secretly recorded their private conversation without consent” should be inadmissible and not accepted as evidence, according to the motion.

The motion does not specify details of the conversation between Hilberling and her grandmother, Gloria Bowers.

The preliminary hearing was postponed to give prosecutors time to respond.

Prosecutors say Hilberling pushed her husband during an argument, causing him to fall out of a window on the 25th floor of the apartment building where they lived. He landed on top of a parking garage 17 floors below.

She has pleaded not guilty.

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