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January 9, 2014

UPDATE: Court affirms Miller conviction


Knoxville —

The question for the Court of Appeals became whether or not the State offered enough evidence to corroborate Bussey's testimony. The State presented "strong" evidence to do this, Tabor continued. 

In closing, Tabor wrote, "In conclusion, we find Miller failed to show he was entitled to a new trial as a result of either the denial of defense counsel's challenge for cause to juror Stova, or the district court's admission of Cobbins' co-conspirator statements, or counsel's failure to seek a corroboration instruction." 

"We are pleased that the Court of Appeals affirmed Michael Miller's conviction earlier this morning," Marion County Attorney Ed Bull told the Journal-Express on Jan. 9. "The evidence of guilt was overwhelming in my opinion, and a  jury of his peers and now the Iowa Court of Appeals agreed.  However, I continue to be mindful that nothing we do will ever bring Theresa Miller back.  I never got to meet her in person, but from what I have learned over the past few years, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend to all that knew her.  She, nor anyone, deserves to be shot in their own home by a cold blooded assassin.  I wish to sincerely thank the Marion County Sheriff's  Office, the Iowa Attorney General's Office and all of my staff for assisting me in obtaining and securing this conviction. It truly was a team approach."


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