Did I use it correctly?

The suspect finally came clean with the interrogator under the weight of presented evidence.

If not or if it doesn't sound natural, what would you use instead of the bold text?

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    The only change I would make is "under the weight of the presented evidence", because we're not talking about evidence as a general idea, but the specific evidence that was presented.
    – stangdon
    Mar 2 at 19:24

The grammatical structure is ok, but you've created something of a mixed metaphor.

We usually use the phrase "under the weight of" in a figurative sense (ie. when not referring to literal, physical weight) as part of an extended metaphor about weight.

Consider this literal example:

The bridge gave way under the weight upon it.

This describes the physical effect of a weight upon something.

Likewise, the usual figurative use would be more like:

He finally caved in under the weight of evidence heaped upon him, and confessed.

The 'weight of evidence' is a commonly used expression in law, but as part of a statement with cause and effect it makes more sense to continue the metaphor. "Caved in" is just one expression which literally means to collapse, but figuratively means to 'give in'.

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