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Jury finds Miller guilty of wife’s murder

June 20, 2005

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The verdict is in.

A former Christian school leader was convicted late this afternoon of first-degree murder.

Jurors deliberated just under six hours today before finding Martin Miller guilty of strangling his wife, as she slept in their bed last July.

The guilty verdict came after a week of testimony in Douglas County District Court.

Attorneys for both sides made closing arguments this morning, prosecutors asking jurors to hold Miller accountable for killing the mother of their two children, while Miller's attorney questioned whether Mary Miller's death was even a homicide.

The jury of six men and six women began deliberating around 10:15 a.m. and reached the verdict later in the afternoon just minutes after asking for the testimony of two witnesses to be read back to them.

There was little reaction in the packed courtroom when the verdict was read. Martin Miller's two children, who testified against their father at the trial, watched from the front row. Miller simply lowered his head when the verdict was announced

Martin Miller's bond was immediately revoked and he was taken into custody.

The judge scheduled sentencing for July 20. Miller faces life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 25 years. His two children would then be in their late 30s.

Miller's attorney said his client plans to appeal the conviction.

For more on this story, see the 6News reports at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's channel 6 and pick up a copy of Tuesday's Journal-World.

Comments

Christine Anderson 9 years, 6 months ago

HALLELUJAH!!!

Justice has finally been done; but wait....has it? Yes, Marty will not be allowed to continue lying, and will go to prison. What about justice for Melodie and Matthew? Their lives have been irrevocably scarred. Yes, society through the court has properly punished this miserable, adulterous, slimewad. But who will help these innocent children go on with their lives? Yes, Jesus is greater than the disqusting, perverted, wolf-in-sheep's clothing who murdered MY FRIEND, and put our church family through a year of unbelievable pain, torment, ridicule, hurt, rage, grief, etc, etc. Perhaps now we will be allowed to finally talk about it??? I have a confession to make, folks. I'm not even close to being as much like Jesus as my Lord would want me to be, because Marty, I hate you. I hate the way you robbed a woman who was beautiful inside and out of her life, and the chance to raise her children. You robbed us of our sister, and of a member of our worship team. I most of all hate the fact you were not man enough to confess and spare your children the pain of the trial. One last question Marty; if you didn't divorce her because of the teaching you had received on divorce, did you forget what the Bible says about murder? Or, in your deception so great that you could mix our Lord's Holy Word with perversion and adultery , did you find justification? My oh my, what will the mistress and present girlfriend do now???

johnnyl 9 years, 6 months ago

Appeal. APPEAL??? & Drag his children thru this yet more to try & save What. His Honor? Oh, for shame. & he is broke so who is to pay? Us? Close it & throw away the key. Come on Paula, be the judge I voted for.

samsnewplace 9 years, 6 months ago

I am glad he was found guilty, and I hope he pays for the entire rest of his life. He is no better than an animal and should be treated as such. How dare he call himself a 'Christian'! God bless those children and what they had to go through because their father was so selfish and consumed by sin and evil.

You_Burnt_The_Bacon 9 years, 6 months ago

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