ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York's highest court says police can interrogate a suspect without reading their Miranda rights or providing a lawyer when they reasonably believe there's a serious, ongoing emergency.

The Court of Appeals says the exception to a defendant's rights applies even when authorities don't know for certain a crime happened.

The court on Thursday backed prosecutors' use of incriminating statements Scott Doll made after the February 2009 beating death of business partner Joseph Benaquist.

A Genesee County deputy responding to an evening 911 call about a suspicious person found him walking on a roadway.

Doll initially said wet blood on his clothes was from butchering deer.