Osceola — Neida Pinon, mistress of murder suspect Michael Jamey Miller, testified in court this morning that Miller offered to buy her new tires on the day after Teresa Miller was killed.
Pinon testified that on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, Miller came to visit her. He said that within a month, everything would be all right with their relationship. She had been concerned about continuing her relationship with him after discovering that he was still married.
As Miller prepared to leave, he called her over to his car. At that time, he gave her money for new tires "to get them changed."
Miller had borrowed Pinon's car the day before, Jan. 7. It was on this date that Teresa Miller was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head inside her home.
Pinon testified with the assistance of an interpreter. Many of Pinon's statements, as well as those made later in the day by witness Tyree Lewis, were objected to by Defense Attorney Jason Dunn as hearsay. Those objections coincided with testimony given by Pinon, regarding conversations she had with Miller. Judge John Lloyd overruled the majority of these objections.
Pinon's testimony, beyond the introduction of the evidence that Miller sought to have the tires on her vehicle replaced, was the same as that given during the trial of Teresa Miller's shooter, Terry Cobbins. Police believe Cobbins was hired by Miller to kill his wife. Cobbins was tried and convicted last month.
Pinon did not know Miller was married, testimony she repeated today. During cross-examination, it was learned that Miller wore a wedding ring.
Pinon's testimony included recollections of conversations between herself and Miller. However, Pinon said she could only understand "20 percent" of the English anyone speaks to her, even after living in the United States for 11 years. Pinon also said during cross-examination that Miller does not speak Spanish.