Danny Escobedo (defendant) was arrested on suspicion of murder. On the way to the police station he asked to speak to his lawyer. He asked the same many other times once inside the police station as well. Additionally, his lawyer was actually at the police station and asking to see Escobedo, but the police repeatedly refused this request as well. Meanwhile, the police had Di Gerlando, another suspect, in custody and Di Gerlando stated that Escobedo fired the fatal shots. During the interrogation of Escobedo, the police put Escobedo and Di Gerlando in the same room and during the confrontation, Escobedo implicated himself in the murder. The trial court convicted Escobedo and the Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.