MO: Homeowner had apparent authority to consent to search his basement where def had been living for 12 days

Police were investigating the defendant for child pornography, and located him at a friend’s house where he’d been living in the basement for 12 days. Because of the layout of the basement and its access, the court finds that the homeowner had the ability to consent to a search of the basement. It wasn’t locked off at the time of the search and there were two ways there. It was reasonable for the police to believe in the homeowner’s apparent authority to search his own basement. State v. Feldt, 2017 Mo. App. LEXIS 128 (March 7, 2017).

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