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Convicted Kissimmee cop killer wants death recommendation thrown out

Attorneys say jurors were given ‘defective’ instructions

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A man convicted of fatally shooting two Kissimmee police officers wants the jury’s death sentence recommendation thrown out, according to court records.

Everett Miller’s attorneys recently filed a 70-page motion asking that the death recommendation be set aside and that a new trial and sentencing proceeding be held. The documents also seek arrest of judgment and the opportunity to interview jurors.

Miller’s sentencing is set for Dec. 20.

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Attorneys allege that the jurors were given “defective” instructions and “zero guidance” about mitigating factors.

State prosecutors denied that was the case in a six-page response.

Miller was convicted of killing Kissimmee Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter in 2017.


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