Happening Friday: Osceola County judge to decide whether to sentence convicted cop-killer to death
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A judge in Osceola County will decide whether to sentence a convicted police officer killer to death. Kissimmee police officers killed in line of dutyIn 2019, we told you Everett Miller was convicted of their murders. WATCH: Jurors of Everett Miller trial talk about what went on behind the scenesHis fate rests in the hands of an Osceola County judge, who will decide if he will be sentenced to life in prison or death. At a hearing back in September, Baxter’s widow talked about the impact the murder had on her life. READ: ‘You guys constantly harassed me and my family,’ sister of convicted cop killer saysAs soon as we learn what the judge decides, we’ll pass it along to you.wftv.com
Man convicted of killing 2 Kissimmee police officers to be sentenced Friday
Video: Jurors of Everett Miller trial talk about what went on behind the scenes We are learning what went on behind the scenes as jurors deliberated the fate of Kissimmee cop-killer Everett Miller. KISSIMMEE, Fla. — On Friday, a judge in Osceola County will decide the fate of the man convicted of murdering two Kissimmee police officers in 2017. A jury found Everett Miller guilty in 2019 of shooting and killing Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Sam Howard. Video: Widow of slain Kissimmee officer speaks on jury's recommendation of death for Everett Miller Sadia Baxter spoke to the media after her husband's convicted killer was recommended for the death penalty by a jury. A judge will be the one to formally decide Friday whether Miller, now 50, will be sentenced to death or life in prison.wftv.com
Judge denies Everett Miller’s attorneys motion to dismiss death penalty
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A court hearing was held Friday morning to discuss new motions presented by Everett Miller’s attorneys after he was convicted of first-degree murder. The defense presented motions to set aside the jury’s death recommendation, set a new trial and interview the jurors. During the hearing, the judge denied the defense’s request to set aside the death recommendation and receive a new trial. "The court is going to deny the record for a death recommendation and the motion for a new trial." The court also denied defense’s requests to interview jurors, after the court believed there was no evidence that jurors were being bullied during the deliberating process.
Convicted Kissimmee cop killer wants death recommendation thrown out
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. Miller was convicted of killing Kissimmee Sgt.
Convicted Kissimmee cop killer sentenced to death
The man convicted of killing two Kissimmee police officers in 2017 was sentenced death Wednesday afternoon. Deliberations began shortly after 11 a.m. and a decision was reached by 4:30 p.m.Miller was unanimously sentenced to death for the killings of Sgt. During closing arguments, the defense said Miller was a family man and a top Marine who served his country. They highlighted the mental illness found on both sides of Millers family and how his father, not his mother, had full custody of him. The defense said Miller was already mentally ill when the murders happened, arguing he wasnt that he wasnt himself.
WATCH LIVE: Penalty phase resumes for Everett Miller
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The penalty phase for Everett Miller, the man convicted of killing two Kissimmee Police Department officers, resumes Tuesday. The jury will decide if Miller gets life in prison or the death penalty. Then, the defense called clinical psychologist Robert Cohen, who discussed Miller's two tours in Afghanistan and three tours in Iraq. Last Thursday, jurors got a glimpse of Miller's life as a U.S. Marine, years before he became a convicted cop killer. "He was just a terrific Marine," testified retired Maj. Clarence Newton France.
WATCH LIVE: Witnesses testify at sentencing of convicted cop killer
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jurors on Friday will continue to hear testimony in the penalty phase of Everett Miller's trial. The jury convicted Miller in September in the fatal 2017 shootings of Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. On Thursday, jurors got a glimpse of Miller's life as a U.S. Marine, years before he became a convicted cop killer. The defense is hoping the jury decides to give Miller life in prison over the death penalty. After lunch, Rufus Miller took jurors through pictures of Everett Miller's life with his family, his kids and his uniform decorated with medals.
Colleagues, corrections officers paint Everett Miller as decorated Marine, model prisoner
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - During the penalty phase of Everett Miller's trial, jurors got a glimpse of Miller's life as a United States Marine, years before he became a convicted cop killer. The defense is hoping the jury decides to give Miller life in prison over the death penalty. After lunch, Rufus Miller took jurors through pictures of Everett Miller's life with his family, his kids and his uniform decorated with medals. On Wednesday, the defense called Miller's cousin, Devona Barnes, to the stand. Psychologist Steve Gold testified Wednesday that Miller appeared to be showing signs of PTSD and depression at the time of the shooting.
Penalty phase continues for man convicted of killing 2 Kissimmee officers
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The penalty phase for Everett Miller, who was convicted of murder earlier this year in the 2017 shooting deaths of two Kissimmee police officers, continued Wednesday. A jury convicted Miller in September in the fatal shootings of Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the penalty phase, and the defense began arguing its case Wednesday. Jurors will then recommend whether Miller should face life in prison or the death penalty. That's when she said Miller started showing signs of PTSD.
Prosecution rests in penalty phase for Kissimmee cop killer
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the penalty phase for a man convicted of killing two Kissimmee police officers in August 2017. A jury convicted Everett Miller in September in the fatal shooting of Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Jurors will soon have to recommend if Miller should face life in prison or the death penalty. Prosecutors spent the morning trying to convince jurors that Miller killed the officers in a premeditated, cold and calculated way. The penalty phase is expected to last at least a week.
Everett Miller found guilty of killing Kissimmee officers
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - After less than two hours of deliberating, a jury on Wednesday found Everett Miller guilty of fatally shooting two Kissimmee officers in 2017. Miller was found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of Kissimmee Police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Baxter's wife, sister and mother were present in the courtroom for the reading of the verdict. [EVERETT MILLER TRIAL: State paints bloodied picture of night two Kissimmee police officers were killed | Defense rests after accused cop killer's sister testifies on his behalf ]Sadia Baxter said it's been tough sitting in court day after day feet away from her husband's killer. Sutton also said Miller would act jumpy and she'd have to announce herself when she walked into his room.
Defense rests after accused cop killer's sister testifies on his behalf
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - The defense rested Tuesday afternoon after accused cop killer Everett Miller's sister testified on his behalf. Shavon Sutton told jurors that her brother changed after he left the military. Sutton told jurors Miller felt someone was watching him. Other witnesses either declined to testify, were deemed unnecessary by the judge, or canceled by Miller's defense team. Miller told the judge he had a problem with one of the planned defense witnesses not testifying.
Prosecution rests in trial for man accused of killing Kissimmee officers
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - The prosecution rested Monday in the trial for a man accused of fatally shooting two Kissimmee officers. Judge Greg Tynan told jurors he expects the defense will present its case on Tuesday and closing arguments will be finished by the end of the day. Lewis Peterson testified Monday morning in Miller's double murder trial. Peterson testified that when he began talking with Miller, he realized he knew Miller's family and had been raised around some of Miller's family members. Peterson testified that Miller said he believed the officers were harassing the three suspicious people the officers encountered the night of Aug. 18, 2017, in downtown Kissimmee.
State paints bloodied picture of night two Kissimmee police officers were killed
Three of them painting the bloodied crime scene through pictures, digital scans and physical evidence from the Aug.18, 2017 night Kissimmee Police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Those pictures showed two pools of blood where Laverdiere testified the two officer's bodies were found. "In this area of the vehicle, I found hair and blood stains," Laverdiere testified. She also testified Friday there were trace amounts of blood on the Jordan's sneakers Miller was wearing that night as well. The state trying to argue Miller believed himself as being a sovereign citizen who hated police officers.
Dozens dismissed on day 1 of jury selection for man accused of killing Kissimmee officers
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jury selection began Monday morning in the murder trial for Everett Miller, a Marine veteran accused of killing two Kissimmee police officers. We recognize serving on a jury for three to five weeks can present a hardship for some of you." Tynan is looking to whittle down the jury pool to 12 jurors and four alternates by next Monday. Sadia Baxter, Officer Baxter's widow, was in court Monday for the first day of jury selection. [RELATED: Widow of slain Kissimmee police officer says she will attend murder trial every day]Watch News 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for updates.