KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A man suspected of killing two Kissimmee police officers earlier this year apologized to his mother and told his father to take care of his children during calls made from the Osceola County Jail.
In phone calls made around the same time, he also cursed, insisted that Kissimmee police officers beat him during his arrest and expressed confidence that he'd be released from jail once he got a private lawyer.
On Wednesday afternoon, Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King's office released the jail calls and surveillance video in the case against Everett Miller, who is accused of killing Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter.
Miller is facing two first-degree murder charges in connection with the double fatal shooting, which happened at Palmway and Cypress Streets in Kissimmee the night of Aug. 18. He has been held at the Osceola County Jail without bond since then..
In a phone call made from the jail on Aug. 27, Miller repeatedly told his mother he loves her.
"I'm good. I'm sorry for any pain I caused you. I love you," Miller told his mother.
She encouraged him to use his time in jail to connect with God.
Miller echoed the same sentiment in a call with his father, breaking down in tears as he asked his father to take care of his children while he's incarcerated.
"Hang in there ... We gonna get you as much help as we can," Miller's father said during the call.
Miller told his parents that he was all right and being treated well, but in conversations to other family members he said he had a cracked rib he sustained during his arrest.
“The cops at the Kissimmee Police Department beat my (expletive), and I got all they (expletive) names in my head,” Miller said, telling his sister that he has a photographic memory.
He says in other phone calls that he has the money to pay for a private attorney, specifically one from a "big town."
"I know this situation ... I gotta get my day in court. Don't worry about this," Miller said.
Surveillance video from the night of the shooting was also released Wednesday. It shows a heavy police presence at businesses along Main Street toward Roscoe's Bar, where Miller was arrested after a manager reported that he was acting suspiciously and refused to leave.
The state is seeking the death penalty against Miller. His next court appearance is scheduled for December.