'Bling ring' suspect loses motion

Courtney Ames, left, and Roy Lopez, appear in Los Angeles Criminal Court Thursday Jan. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles the pair are two of six people accused of being part of a ring that targeted the homes of celebrities and stole high-end fashion and jewelry.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

May 21, 2010 7:14:59 PM PDT
A Los Angeles judge has rejected a defense motion to suppress statements made to police by a suspect in a spate of celebrity burglaries.

Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis on Friday denied the motion filed by attorneys for Nicholas Prugo claiming his former attorney provided "ineffective counsel" for allowing Prugo to cooperate with police without an immunity deal.

Prosecutors say Prugo and his former attorney, who dropped out after being indicted for witness tampering on an unrelated case, came forward to police voluntarily.

Prugo is charged with seven counts of felony residential burglary for break-ins at the Hollywood Hills homes of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and several others.

A preliminary hearing for Prugo and other defendants is scheduled for May 25.