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Court to review conviction in Lawrence murder case

Martin Miller alleges jurors were unfairly prejudiced

April 17, 2007

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The Kansas Supreme Court has scheduled an April 25 hearing in the appeal of Martin K. Miller, a Lawrence man sentenced to life in prison in 2005 for the murder of his wife.

Miller, a carpenter and former Christian-school teacher, was convicted of first-degree murder in the strangulation of Mary Miller, who had been a Kansas University librarian.

Martin Miller has denied he killed his wife.

Miller has appealed his conviction saying trial jurors were unfairly prejudiced against him because of evidence presented about his sexual behavior.

Prosecutors had presented evidence of Miller pursuing sexual relationships with other women and pornographic photos found on his computer.

Under Miller's sentence, he must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.

Comments

deec 7 years, 8 months ago

So his motive to kill his wife, that is, to pursue his other sex partners, "prejudiced" the jury? Wow.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 8 months ago

He must of still had a few bucks from after the trial. Sounds like a weak appeal to me.

deec 7 years, 8 months ago

No, did you miss the part where they convicted him?

bearded_gnome 7 years, 8 months ago

seems his sexual behavior fit with the rest of the case. maybe prison is beginning to get very uncomfortable.

HappyFace 7 years, 8 months ago

There was also the matter of the kids hearing their Mom cry out in the night.....oh, and the matter of him changing his story 5 times. The rest of it was just the icing on the cake......or the straw that broke the camel's back. Oh...and what caused him to marry one of the people that testified for him? This whole thing was so messed up and sad....especially for his kids. Hope that the Kansas Supreme Court looks at all the facts (like the jurors did) and put an end to this. His kids deserve some peace. :~(

Linda Endicott 7 years, 8 months ago

It doesn't matter whether you believe he did it or not. If you believe in the justice system that we have, then you also need to believe in the appeals process.

Both convictions and appeals are part of the justice system.

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