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prime suspect

n. the one person law enforcement officers believe most probably committed a crime being investigated. Once a person is determined to be a prime suspect, the police must be careful to give the "Miranda warnings," or take the risk that any admissions (any evidence gained from the statements) by the suspect may be excluded in trial. (See: Miranda warning)

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The police officer whose life inspired Prime Suspect character DCI Jane Tennison considers serial killer Peter Tobin as "the most evil man alive".
According to a complaint lodge by the victim's father at Secretariat police station, his daughter was dragged inside the shop by the prime suspect, Munir Khan, when she visited it to buy stuff for the family this morning.
'However, I was made to understand that the member is not the prime suspect.
He said they rushed to the spot and saw that the prime suspect was burning a large quantity of 'holy pages'.
The man arrested by the police in Matina, Davao City, last Friday, is not the 'prime suspect' in the gruesome killing of Cebu teen Christine Silawan in Lapu-Lapu City, a police spokesperson said.
For five years, PG&E repeatedly delayed a safety overhaul of a century-old high-voltage transmission line that is a prime suspect behind the deadliest wildfire in California history, The Wall Street Journal's Katherine Blunt and Russell Gold report.
The terrorist behind Al Azhar suicide bombing Al Hasan Abdullah - photo via the Egyptian Ministry of Interior CAIRO - 19 February 2019: The prime suspect in the suicide bombing that took place near Al Azhar mosque on Monday, Al Hasan Abdullah, is a recently released prisoner who has American citizenship, said security sources to Cairo 24 news website.
Earlier, on Jan 01, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mardan Mohammad Ali Khan announced that the prime suspect had been arrested after his DNA sample matched with samples collected from the crime scene.
Earlier, on Jan 1,Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mardan Mohammad Ali Khan announced that the prime suspect had been arrested after his DNA sample matched with samples collected from the crime scene.
Earlier, on January 1, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mardan Muhammad Ali Khan announced that the prime suspect had been arrested after his DNA sample matched with samples collected from the crime scene.
A "PAINSTAKING" two-week search of a back garden once linked to the prime suspect in the 1986 disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh has found no evidence.
The latest search - at a house that once belonged to prime suspect John Cannan's mother - began after new information was received by police this year.