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A Supreme Court ruling has now made warrants for cell phone searches mandatory but local police have used them before the decision

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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:50 pm

Back in 2012, the Bristol Virginia Police Department obtained a search warrant to look at murder suspect Daniel Buchanan’s cell phone records, two years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it as a requirement.

Bristol Police Major Sean Carrigan said Buchanan was accused of shooting Chase Carter Robins on November 18, 2012. Buchanan, who was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this year, had sent several texts about Robins. Carrigan said investigators sifted through hundreds of pages of text messages.

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