John Pecoraro flagged down a police officer and stated that he had killed someone and wanted to make a confession.
The defendant was advised of his Miranda rights by this officer. He described the murder to several interviewers but refused to sign a statement prepared by the assistant state's attorney. His statement described how he shot the victim and later disposed of the murder weapon. He had been involved with the victim's wife. At trial, the prosecution presented witnesses to verify his possession of the murder weapon and motive.
Pecoraro now argues that he should have had appointed counsel instead of his privately retained attorney, and that because he refused to sign the written statement, the confession could not be used to convict him.
On appeal, how would you rule on the request to quash the confession? Please explain.