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
Help name pair of American bald eagles nesting in Osceola County
Bald eagles Osceola County is asking for the community’s help to name a pair of American bald eagles nesting at Brownie Wise Park.
(Osceola County)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Osceola County is asking for the community’s help to name a pair of American bald eagles nesting at Brownie Wise Park.
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Family of Kissimmee officer killed in 2017 testifies in sentencing hearing for convicted killer
OSCEOLA COUNTY, FLA. — Monday was an emotional day in court in the double murder case of a man convicted of killing two Kissimmee police officers in 2017. Everet Miller was convicted two years ago of the murders of Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. READ: Officers, deputies escort daughters of fallen Kissimmee officer to first day of schoolThey also testified about Miller’s apparent changing behavior leading up to the murders. But it was the victims’ family testimony that appeared to even have Everett Miller wiping back tears. “This is a question only Everett Miller can answer.wftv.com
Kissimmee police remember fallen sergeant, officer who died in the line of duty 4 years ago
Kissimmee police remember fallen sergeant, officer who died in the line of duty 4 years ago The Kissimmee Police Department is remembering Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, who died in the line of duty four years ago on Wednesday. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter, who died in the line of duty four years ago on Wednesday. “Their bravery and commitment to our community will never be forgotten.”Four years ago, Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Sam Howard lost their lives in the line of duty. pic.twitter.com/Yeno3FnPdR — City of Kissimmee (@CityofKissimmee) August 18, 2021It's been four years since Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Richard "Sam" Howard from the Kissimmee Police Department lost their lives.wftv.com
Officers, deputies escort daughters of fallen Kissimmee officer to first day of school
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Matthew Baxter wasn’t there on Tuesday to walk his daughters to their first day of school, but a pack of his former co-workers were. A group of police officers and deputies from the Kissimmee Police Department, Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and St. Cloud Police Department escorted Baxter’s daughters to their classrooms on Tuesday. “Their father was not able to give them a kiss this morning and walk them to school but they felt his love through the law enforcement officers here today,” Sadia said. “I really believe seeing so much love and support kind of eased their heart and although you guys don’t have your daddy present, I know he’s watching over,” she said.wftv.com
Daytona Beach shooting recalls memories of fatal shooting of 2 Kissimmee officers
That’s exactly what officer Jason Raynor, 26, was doing in Daytona Beach when he was shot. READ: $100K reward offered for suspect who shot Daytona Beach officer, leading to ‘multi-agency manhunt’“The hard part for our officers is you don’t know what evil is in people’s heart,” he said. Body camera video released from the Daytona Beach shooting don’t show any of that. The Daytona Beach police chief said he will begin partnering up his officers immediately. READ: Suspect wanted in connection with shooting of Daytona Beach officer has violent past, records showHe’s hoping this latest tragedy sparks more lasting change.wftv.com
Meet Baxter, a Kissimmee K9 that can sniff out electronics used in cybercrimes, child pornography
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Baxter is one of just two K9s across Florida with a very special ability: He can track down phones wherever criminals may be hiding them. “He’s found probably one device in each,” said Georgie Torres, Baxter’s handler and a Kissimmee Police Department Taskforce agent. Torres brings Baxter along on cases and lets him loose, looking for a chemical only found in electronics. Baxter was named after Kissimmee police officer Matthew Baxter, who was killed in the line of duty in 2017. READ: 17-year-old fatally shot at apartment complex near Mall at MilleniaBaxter is one of just 50 dogs across the country trained like this.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.
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.
Penalty phase for man convicted of killing 2 Kissimmee officers starts Tuesday
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The penalty phase is set to begin Tuesday for a man convicted of killing two Kissimmee police officers back in August 2017. At a hearing Monday, Everett Miller sat quietly in court as lawyers asked questions and a judge ruled on what can and can't be discussed during the penalty phase. A jury will soon have to recommend if Miller should get life in prison or the death penalty, he was convicted in September in the fatal shooting of Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Monday, the judge ruled to allow victim impact statements during the penalty phase, though parts of it must be altered and or redacted. The penalty phase is expected to last a 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.
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.
Widow of slain Kissimmee police officer says she will attend murder trial every day
Sitting in a room of her home that serves as a memorial for her husband, slain Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter, Sadia Baxter wiped back tears as she recalled the last two years without him. The walls are covered with family photos, medals and a proclamation honoring the fallen first responder. Almost two years after the Kissimmee officer was slain, Baxter, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent is preparing for the trial of her husband's accused killer which begins Monday. My girls were Daddys little girls, Baxter said. Matthew Baxter and Sam Howard.