The Martin Miller Trial

Martin MillerMartin K. Miller was on trial for the July 2004 murder of his wife, Mary. Miller initially told police he woke up about 6 a.m. on July 28, 2004, and found his wife in bed in a different room, not breathing. At first, police said that a coroner didn't think there were any signs of foul play. But Miller was later arrested after a coroner conducted an autopsy and ruled the death a homicide. A Douglas County jury deliberated about six hours before finding him guilty of strangling his wife.

Martin Miller murder retrial set for December; defense may seek venue change
June 5, 2014
The retrial of a 2004 murder case in which a former carpenter was accused and convicted of killing his wife is scheduled to begin Dec. 8, but the defense said Thursday that it might seek to have the case tried outside Douglas County.
Parties awaiting retrial of 2004 murder case to return to court in June
May 1, 2014
Both parties awaiting the retrial of a 2004 murder case will again meet in June before setting a trial date. Martin K. Miller, 55, appeared in Douglas County District Court Thursday for what was originally scheduled to be a trial setting hearing. But the parties instead agreed to return June 5 for a status conference because Miller’s new attorney, Richard Ney, recently joined the case.
Martin Miller, awaiting retrial of 2004 murder case, bonds out of jail
April 9, 2014
Martin K. Miller, 55, was released before noon Wednesday. Miller had been held on a $250,000 bond since being transferred from Lansing on March 19.
Kansas Court of Appeals rules Martin Miller should get new murder trial
February 10, 2012
A Kansas Court of Appeals panel has ruled a former Lawrence carpenter and Christian school leader convicted of killing his wife should get a new trial based on errors in the jury instructions at his 2005 trial.
Former attorney for convicted murderer Martin Miller says he could have done better job at trial
March 24, 2009
During a civil court hearing Tuesday, a convicted murderer’s former defense attorney acknowledged that he could have made more objections to testimony and allowing jurors to hear and see some evidence in the 2005 Lawrence trial.
Convicted murderer Martin Miller claims ineffective assistance of counsel
March 23, 2009
A Lawrence man convicted of murdering his wife in 2004 was back in a Douglas County courtroom Monday.
Martin Miller murder conviction upheld
July 28, 2007
The Kansas Supreme Court rejected an appeal Friday filed by Martin K. Miller, a Lawrence carpenter and former Christian school teacher, who was found guilty in July 2005 of killing his wife. Three years ago today, Mary E. Miller was found strangled to death at her central Lawrence home. In an opinion written by Justice Robert E. Davis, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the conviction. Miller, 48, is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.